The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


May 2, 2014

Student Voice: An unbreakable bond

— I was at the Shikellamy School Board meeting this week. We, the cadets, were there in support of the JROTC program that they want to cut out of the curriculum next year. When you looked around the room and saw the cadets in uniform, every uniform tells a story. The JROTC battalion at Shikellamy is not just an organization, it is a family.

Within this family everybody sticks up for each other and always has each other’s back no matter what the cause. This is why we were gathered at the board meeting.

When I entered the program as a freshman I didn’t know what to expect. I was not a leader, but more of a follower. I would sit in the back of the classroom and keep to myself. This program has personally taught me how to be a leader not only in the JROTC, but outside the program, and in my community as well. Because of what JROTC has taught me I now hold a leadership position on our staff.

One of our battalion’s main goals is giving back to our community. We participate in a monthly soup kitchen, the Elijah Bowl the first Saturday of every month in Sunbury. We actively participate in many of the parades. We have been invited to Shankesville, Pa., to pay our respect sand to represent our school district. We collect toys at Christmas for Toys-for-Tots. These are just a few of the events that we are involved in within our community.

The program, my fellow cadets, Colonel Walsh and First Sergeant Alderson have made me into such a better, more well-rounded individual. The Colonel and First Sergeant strive in making young people become better citizens in every way that they can. The program has strengthened my Army values,  loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage so much that I feel more confident about myself then I ever have.

This program has taught me to follow your dreams and to do everything in our power to achieve that dream. My dream is to attend ROTC at West Point. I have been going through the enrollment processes and got a phone call around 8 p.m. Tuesday night. It was West Point’s Regional Commander, he wants to help me and work with me to do all that he can do to help me get accepted. Without the JROTC I honestly do not see myself having these kinds of opportunities.

Within the program there is a bond. It is a bond that is unbreakable under any circumstance or condition. The school board may be able to take away our program but there is one thing you cannot take away from us, our pride. So, I ask the Shikellamy School Board, to please allow us to start a new chapter in our story as the Shikellamy JROTC.

Cadet Captain/S-2 Cody Fisher, Shikellamy High School

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