West York NJROTC: Leadership through Service
The West York Area School District’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) Cadets, under the leadership of Master Gunnery Sergeant “Master Guns” Ronald Allender, USMC Ret., recently spent two days volunteering to spruce up the grounds of Slagle Park in West York painting, planting flowers, and mulching. Prior to this weekend of service, they completed their first visit to Arlington National Cemetery and the Marine Barracks in Washington, DC.
West York’s NJROTC program, comprised of 28 cadets in grades 9-12, instills in young men and women the qualities of self-discipline, self-confidence, and leadership skills necessary to face the challenges of life, not only while in high school but throughout post-high school life regardless of the path they choose. There is no obligation for military service for those who enroll in the program.
The program exemplifies WYASD’s Mission and Vision of creating opportunities for our students and developing world-class citizens. WYASD’s ultimate goal is to equip graduates for opportunities to thrive in an increasingly complex and competitive society while also empowering them to lead with integrity, empathy, and respect for others.
On the immediate horizon for the cadets is a trip to Fort Indiantown Gap in early fall for training to include rappelling, obstacle course navigation, and a leadership reaction course.