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34 years running: Incline High’s JROTC cadets earn top honors

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Members of the JROTC battalion line up prior to the March 15 event.
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Members of the Incline High School JROTC program had an impeccable performance in their annual JROTC Program of Accreditation (JPA) on Wednesday, March 15.

The culmination event of the year took place in the JROTC Building at Incline High, where 54 cadets participated, making up 19 percent of the entire school population.

The inspection took place under LTC Scott Maryott, Director of Army Instruction for the Washoe County School District.

The Highlander Battalion passed the JPA with a score of 98 percent, adding one more “Honor Unit with Distinction” merit for the 34th year in a row, and maintaining the Incline JROTC program within the Top 10 in the nation.

“I am very proud of Highlander Cadets,” says C/COL Symone Dees, “They gave 110 percent and came through despite all of the challenges.”

JPA began with a staff briefing by five cadets — Symone Dees, Mitzy Cruz, Alexis Krolick, Kaylee Prine and Jocelyn Guillen — who take care of the administration portion of the JROTC program.

Each member of the staff performed exceptionally and earned full points for their briefings.

During the briefings, the battalion received letters from Senator Catherine Cortez Masto and Congressman Mark Amodei’s offices, presented to the Battalion Commander by their representatives.

Ending the briefings was C/LTC Symone Dees’ promotion to Cadet Colonel, the highest rank that can be achieved by a cadet in the JROTC program.

Prior to the briefings, the inspectors checked student portfolios. Student Portfolios are a JPA requirement, each cadet maintaining one throughout the school year.

To learn more about this event, or about the JROTC program at Incline High, contact senior Army Instructor CW3 (Ret.) Shawn Malara at smalara@washoeschools.net or 775-337-7586.