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NJROTC cadets develop leadership skills and physical abilities during interactive camps


Members of the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) program at the Guthrie Center recently completed Basic Leadership Training (BLT) and Area 8 Leadership Academy (LA), where they had the opportunity to expand their leadership and physical fitness skills. 

“I’m very proud of all our cadets for completing these camps,” Senior Naval Science Instructor Commander Jerry Coufal said. “I saw how hard they worked to prepare for the physical rigor of the activities they would be engaging in. I think they realized their hard work paid off.” 

The camps were hosted at the Sam Houston State University Outdoor Education Facility.  

During BLT, students refined their basic military drill, leadership and physical fitness abilities. 
To participate, cadets must have completed at least one year in NJROTC and should be interested in gaining a leadership position in the program. 

The five-day LA camp further developed leadership, physical fitness and drill competencies in senior cadets who have been selected for leadership positions for the upcoming school year.

Brisa Leon, a rising junior at Spring Woods High School, participated in the BLT camp and was named Honor Cadet of her platoon. Additionally, Stratford High School rising senior Allison Howard attended the LA camp, where she competed against 48 other female NJROTC cadets and placed third in a situps competition. 

“The Leadership Academy taught me a lot,” said Howard. “It gave me insight into the different types of leadership and allowed me to connect with NJROTC units. Receiving the leadership cord reinforced my commitment to being the best leader I can be.” 

The cadets will now begin to prepare for the NJROTC Mini-Skills camp, an annual event that introduces new cadets to basic drill, command structure, physical fitness and basic military courtesies and regulations.

Participating students in the Basic Leadership Training camp included: 

Spring Woods High School 

Bryant Gamez 
Brisa Leon  
Sayuris Padilla
Daniel Reyes 
Yacklyn Tapia

Stratford High School 

Millie Aguirre 
Ashely Fatto 
Gabriel Perez 

Memorial High School 

Nataly Lara 
Xi Wang 

Westchester Academy 

Isaac Guzman 
Dannifer Lara 

Participating students in the Leadership Academy camp included: 

Spring Woods High School 

Jem Flowers 

Stratford High School 

Allison Howard 

Westchester Academy 

Alex Guzman