The Wagner ROTC has developed a lot of tradition over the years and that is never clearer than at the Annual Military Ball. This is the 10th year for the affair and as in years past it is totally cadet led. The young men dress in their Formal Military Uniform (white shirt and bow tie) and the young women wear evening dresses. It all started with introductions...including new JISD Superintendent Dr. Carl Montoya, along with the Cadet Battalion Staff and the posting of the Colors. After a toast to all Fallen Patriots who paid the ultimate service to this country, the Guest Speaker for the evening, Joana Martinez, addressed the group. She is a former cadet and graduate of Wagner who received a full scholarship to St. Mary's University and after graduation will become a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army this May.
One very interesting part of the evening was when Cadet Seniors wrote themselves a letter stating where they would like to be and what they want to be doing in 10 years. They placed the letter and an item of significance into a chest which will be opened up again at their 10 year reunion.
Also, you can't have the Military Ball without the First Cut. That's where the highest ranking and the lowest ranking Cadets share the duties of making the first cut of the cake. That symbolizes the concept that it takes every Cadet performing his or her duties in order for the whole battalion to be successful.
The evening was capped off by Mr. Stewart and his wife crowning this year's Military Ball Court with the help of the Sabre Team of course... then it was time to show the moves on the dance floor.
While many schools in the Judson ISD were offering tributes to those who have or are still serving in our military, there was also a big show of support for the families that make sacrifices too. JISD Military Family Appreciation Day was hosted by the district at the Performing Arts Center and focused on those family members that have to go for long stretches without their parent because of deployment. Both Judson and Wagner ROTC Color Guards presented the Colors with Star Lang of Olympia Elementary School leading the pledge of allegiance and the Wagner drum line performing as well. Judson High School Principal Jesus Hernandez was on hand to welcome the guests with Kitty Hawk Middle School students Kamali Jack and Jose Allende delivering the Veteran's Day Message. The keynote speaker was Aric Bostick, who is a former Judson ISD teacher and a best-selling author who spoke about Setting Goals and Achieving Dreams. Many thanks to Sylvia Greenwood, JISD Military Family Engagement Specialist. Thank you vets...and thank you family members for your contribution to this country.
While summer is good time to catch a breather from the routine, The Wagner High School ROTC program took a brief break and cranked it back up again. Cadets gathered at John Newcombe's Ranch in New Braunfels...otherwise known as Newks Ranch, for the Cadet Leadership Challenge. Nine schools were there participating with some coming from as far away as El Paso and Corpus Christi. The camp helped every cadet with developing skills and values such as communication, encouragement and decision making. While challenging, it was a real growing experience for them...in fact, one Wagner Cadet received an individual trophy for leadership abilities and 8 other cadets were chosen as best marching platoon.
Toward the end of the summer, the Senior Leadership welcomed incoming freshmen into the program showing them basic drill movements and leadership fundamentals. The whole group then went to Camp Bullis for the Leadership Reaction Course. This provided a practical way of working on problem solving and working as a team. It all wrapped up with CiCi's Pizza and a massive water balloon activity that was refreshing.
It's also worth mentioning that the Wagner ROTC participated in the Make A Wish Foundation as they donated $1,000 toward the cause. WHEW!!! What a Summer!!
It's Freshman Camp time for Judson High School's Air Force Junior ROTC program. It'll be a busy time for all first year cadets on Thursday, August 7th from 10 am to 3 pm. This camp is free of charge for all incoming freshmen who are currently enrolled in JROTC. In addition, each cadet is allowed to bring one friend to the one day camp that is interested in joining the program. This camp is a great opportunity to test the waters so to speak, because they'll see for themselves what it's like to take proper care of a uniform, basic drill movements, corp activities and the different competitive teams the program offers. Lunch will be provided, but wear PE type clothing for comfort and being active. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, August 6th by noon. Sign up information is below.
AFROTC FRESHMEN CAMP SIGN UP INFO
Wagner ROTC's Armed, Unarmed, Color Guard and Physical Training Teams have been putting their skills and discipline to the test lately in 3 area competitions...Stevens H.S., Clark H.S. and Central Catholic H.S. They started their day at "O-Dark-Thirty" in the morning to get their uniforms and equipment ready for each big contest. These are tough competitions because they are expected to perform a specific drill sequence for each event scored by active duty personnel. The female color guard finished 3rd place at Stevens H.S. and the female physical Training Team finished 1st at Stevens and 1st at Clark H.S. Congratulations to these cadets for representing their school so well.