Air Force Junior ROTC Cadets Recognized for Top Performance

Fri, 04/03/2009 - 3:23pm
By: The Citizen

The Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC) program at Sandy Creek High has become known for producing some of the country’s top cadets and this year is no exception.

Junior Thomas Treat, a third year cadet, has been competitively selected for the AFJROTC Aerospace and Technology Honors Camp. Cadets attending this program represent the top one percent of over 100,000 cadets who are in AFJROTC throughout the country and overseas. He will attend the leadership camp June 20-25 at the University of Oklahoma. Treat has also been selected to attend the Air Force Academy and the US Military Academy Summer Seminars.

Additionally, he was named the Sons of the American Revolution Outstanding Cadet for 2008-09 for the local Marquis de Lafayette Chapter. Treat went on to compete at the state level where he won Georgia’s Outstanding Junior ROTC Cadet for 2008-09. He received these honors for having a high degree of merit with respect to leadership qualities, military bearing and general excellence. Treat will now represent Georgia at the national competition in Atlanta July 1-8 during the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution 2009 National Congress.

Three graduating senior cadets have received full four-year military scholarships. Travis Mowrey received a Type II Air Force ROTC scholarship, a highly competitive scholarship that is awarded to 15 percent of eligible students. He plans to major in international business at Auburn University. Mowrey is a fourth-year cadet.

Kelly Henderman and Julian Holmes are the recipients of an Army ROTC scholarship. Henderman plans to major in nursing at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee and Holmes plans to major in political science at Georgia Southern University. Both have been active in the AFJROTC program for two years.

“It is great to see these students rewarded with this kind of recognition. These cadets worked hard and did so much while in high school and deserve these honors,” says Colonel Doug Pearson, senior aerospace science instructor at Sandy Creek. “Often the rewards for hard work in high school are not immediate and come after several years of accumulating such outstanding records. What they have accomplished is a tribute to their hard work ethic and personal discipline.”

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