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124 JROTC cadets participate in leadership training

124 cadets from five CNMI high schools participated in the 20th annual JROTC leadership challenge camp held on March 23-26 at the Saipan Southern High School soccer field. 

 

SSHS, Kagman High School, Marianas High School, Rota High School and Tinian High School selected 25 of their cadets to participate in the military-style leadership training, according to the KHS JROTC instructor, retired Capt. James Burke.124 cadets from Rota High School, Tinian High School, Marianas High School, Kagman High School and Saipan Southern High School participated in the 20th annual JROTC leadership challenge camp. Contributed photos124 cadets from Rota High School, Tinian High School, Marianas High School, Kagman High School and Saipan Southern High School participated in the 20th annual JROTC leadership challenge camp. Contributed photos

The activities included land navigation; drown proofing which was held at the Marpi Olympic pool; land rope bridge crossing; and a leadership reaction course which focused on teamwork and making decisions.

Burke said cadets also learned pace count —  how many paces in a hundred meters, for example —  and first aid training which included cardiopulmonary resuscitation and applying a tourniquet. 

There were also sports competitions including basketball, volleyball and swimming. 

The competition winners: 

Basketball —  Saipan Southern High School

Volleyball — Rota High School 

Swimming (male) —  Kagman High School 

Swimming (female) — Rota High School

Burke said they also conducted a drill tap out exercise in which Rota High School won first place and Tinian High School finished second.

Board of Education member Herman Atalig and SSHS principal Vince Dela Cruz handed out trophies and awards to the winners. 

“The whole purpose of doing this training is to challenge young cadets and learn leadership skills through working together with their supervisor and peers, so they get to experience what it is like to work with other people and integrate and use their leadership skills,” Burke said. “Everybody has a different personality and you have to deal with them to be able to negotiate and complete a task.”

Retired Command Sgt. Maj.  Richard Basa, SSHS JROTC Senior Army instructor, said the leadership training aims to provide cadets an opportunity to practice leadership skills in an unfamiliar environment. “It allows the cadets to experience living and interacting with their peers in a military setting.”

Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/103411-124-jrotc-cadets-participate-in-leadership-training

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