Monday, June 24, 2013

15 Years of Service, Tradition

Photo by John Armato

Pottstown Schools Superintendent Jeff Sparagana, in tan jacket at right, reads the resolution recognizing Pottstown High School's Air Force Junior ROTC program as a distinguished unit.

Blogger's Note: I have a confession to make dear readers. I was at this school board meeting and had an iPhone camera and took some photos. But John Armato's are better, so I'm using his. At least he didn't take video, so I can contribute that...

Pottstown High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) recently received the 2012-2013 Distinguished Unit Award.

The award recognizes Air Force Junior ROTC units that have performed above and beyond normal expectations and that have distinguished themselves throughout outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the Air Force Junior ROTC Mission of producing better citizens for America. 

This award which goes to only the top performing units of the over 900 units based throughout the United States is not a first for Pottstown High School.
Photo by John Armato

Unit 951 Commander Col. Jake Porter, left, accepts a 
certificate of recognition from Superintendent Jeff Sparagana.

The cadets of Pottstown High School Unit PA951 have earned this recognition 15 years in a row.

Col. Jake Porter said, “I am extremely proud of our 121 cadets for distinguishing themselves as outstanding citizens and cadets. 

"I knew when I first arrived in Pottstown that the unit had a longstanding tradition of excellence and I am proud to be able to be part of that continued commitment to building better citizens for America,” he said.

Recently, the unit was honored at a School Board meeting where Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jeffrey Sparagana said, “Our entire school community is proud of the efforts of our ROTC unit. Our cadets have distinguished themselves as leaders and role models for their fellow classmates.”

Here is some video of Sparagana reading the resolution:

“The objectives of the Junior ROTC Program are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship and life skills; promote community service; instill responsibility, character, and self-discipline through character education; and to provide instruction in air and space fundamentals,” said Sgt. Alex Bolar. 

Enrollment in the program is open to male and female students in Grades 9 – 12.

School Board President Judyth Zahora listed a few of the many activities in which this year’s unit has participated. 

They included providing support and Honor Guard presentations at the Pottstown Airport Community Day and Carousel of Flavors; presentation of colors at all home football games; flag folding ceremony for the Daughters of the American Revolution; support services for the YMCA Halloween Safe House; participation in the Edgewood Elementary Veterans’ Day program; support for the hometown Holiday Christmas events; assisting the Pottstown Downtown Improvement District Authority in beautification of the High Street area; presentation of colors at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic State Football Championships; support services for the 2013 Swing Dance Program; participation in the National Make A Difference Day program; and most recently cleanup of the Manatawny Park Vietnam Veterans Memorial site.

The honor guard leaving the meeting:

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