WHITEFIELD, NH -- With the start of the new school year, the Army JROTC (Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps) Spartan Battalion at White Mountains Regional High School enters its 19th year. The top cadet that will lead the organization is Thomas Schmidt of Whitefield, a four-year JROTC cadet and senior at the WMRHS.
Cadet Schmidt is a high honors and AP student and is an active member of the Technology Student Association and the Firefighter Explorer program. He is a recent graduate of the American Legion Boy's State program and is currently enrolled in an EMT basic class. Thomas is also on the JROTC Drill, Rifle, Color Guard, Raider, and Academic teams. Following graduation, Thomas plans on attending college to earn a degree in robotics while pursuing a commission as an Army officer.
Over 300,000 students across the country participate in the Army JROTC program. The nationally accredited JROTC curriculum is designed to teach high school students the value of citizenship, leadership, service to the community, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment; while instilling in them self-esteem, teamwork and self-discipline. Students earn an elective credit for taking JROTC and also have the option of receiving their Physical Education credit.
Additionally, cadets can receive up to 16 college credits in Leadership through an articulation agreement with Adams State University. The JROTC Spartan Battalion is one of only two Army programs in the state of New Hampshire. The cadets participate in numerous community service projects including American Red Cross blood drives, the Adopt a Highway program, Memorial Day ceremonies, Veteran's Day parades, and flag education classes at local elementary schools. In addition, the JROTC program has six teams (Drill, Raider, Marksmanship, Color Guard, Leadership, and Academic), which compete against other JROTC programs located throughout New England and nationally.
Submitted by Cadet Sgt. D. Robert Randall.