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Gaffney High Air Force JROTC ‘Distinguished’ once again

By SCOTT POWELL
Ledger Staff Writer

The Gaffney High Air Force JROTC program has been recognized for the past two decades as one of the nation’s top citizenship units.

GHS has earned the national Distinguished Unit Award for a 16th straight year. The honor goes to the top 25 percent of JRTOC units nationally. It is based on cadet performance in areas such as academics, physical fitness and community service.

Air Force JROTC programs are operated in 897 high schools in the U.S., Europe and Puerto Rico.

Gaffney natives Major Jason Wood and Chief MSgt. Mike Price are finishing their first year as Gaffney High JROTC instructors. The program focuses on education and training high school cadets in grades 9-12 in citizenship, community service, leadership skills and academics.

Gaffney High will take 15 JROTC cadets to The Citadel for a summer leadership camp June 4-11 as part of preparations for next school year.

“We are very proud of this accomplishment,” said Price about being named a distinguished JROTC unit. “We have a great group of cadets. We hope we’ll be able to come back and do it again.”

The school’s 107 cadets completed more than 3,400 community service hours this school year.

Cadets earned their service hours through volunteer work in activities involving Cherokee County Special Olympics, Adopt-A-Highway and the Indian Hill Baptist Soup Kitchen.

Gaffney High JROTC members are regularly asked to serve as Color Guard units for school board meetings, college graduation ceremonies and occasional professional sporting events.

“Our kids amaze me with their commitment level to service to our school and community,” Price said.

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