FCHS Cadet Corps wins highest award

Posted on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Franklin County’s students continue to excel and make parents, teachers and local folks proud, as is the case most recently with the high school cadets. Franklin County High School’s National Defense Cadet Corps received the Distinguished Unit Award with Merit, the highest award they can get.

Franklin County High School’s National Defense Cadet Corps recently received the Distinguished Unit Award with Merit — the highest award it can get. Pictured, front row, from left, are Brian Roberts; Connor Plattenburg; Catie Clark, deputy commander; Billy Fann, unit commander; and Austin Stewart. The second row includes Jacob Muhlhauser, Mason Walker, J.D. Cowan, Michael Owen, Taylor Steele, Cody Lester and Gregory Cone. In the third row are Rebecca Bacon, Caitlyn Brown, Brooke Lewis, Rebecca Pierce, Elijah Champion, Christian Cox, Holly Ordonez, Maddie Hoffmeister and Abby Toney. In the fourth row are William Gilchrist, Cameron Canup, Kaleb Davis, Triston Brown, Michael Cortazzo, Destiny Stephens, Alex Robert and Jordan Ashley. In back is instructor Chief Master Sgt. Everett Smith.

Franklin County High School’s National Defense Cadet Corps recently received the Distinguished Unit Award with Merit — the highest award it can get. Pictured, front row, from left, are Brian Roberts; Connor Plattenburg; Catie Clark, deputy commander; Billy Fann, unit commander; and Austin Stewart. The second row includes Jacob Muhlhauser, Mason Walker, J.D. Cowan, Michael Owen, Taylor Steele, Cody Lester and Gregory Cone. In the third row are Rebecca Bacon, Caitlyn Brown, Brooke Lewis, Rebecca Pierce, Elijah Champion, Christian Cox, Holly Ordonez, Maddie Hoffmeister and Abby Toney. In the fourth row are William Gilchrist, Cameron Canup, Kaleb Davis, Triston Brown, Michael Cortazzo, Destiny Stephens, Alex Robert and Jordan Ashley. In back is instructor Chief Master Sgt. Everett Smith.Distinguished Unit Award with Merit, the highest award they can get.

The announcement came from Major Don Bailey, lead inspector for Region 6 Headquarters AFJROTC, Maxwell AFB, Ala. From a field of 150 units in the region, only 16 received the honor. Instructor Chief Master Sgt. Everett Smith expressed his appreciation for the significant accomplishment.

“I could not be prouder because this year the cadets exceeded expectations during a headquarters unit inspection from Maj. Bailey and surpassed over 1,000 hours of community service. The cadets continue to energize me with their enthusiasm.” Col. Cameron Gilbert, director of all AFJROTC units, echoed Smith’s assessment. “The cadets are outstanding, very professional and totally invested in their program and the impact it has on the school and their community,” he said.

Gilbert also included his appreciation for the strong support the program receives from FCHS principal Greg Mantooth in the development of citizens of character.

Smith also just received notification that the Tennessee Department of Energy and Conservation selected FCHS’s Cadet Corps as the Tennessee Senior School of the Year for environmental achievement. This is the fourth year in a row that the cadets have won this honor.

Their project submission was sent to Washington D.C. for additional judging at the Department of Energy and was awarded the National Energy Education Development Project’s National Senior finalist award.

“The cadets really worked hard this school year and made a real impact on our community,” Smith said.

The cadets have been invited to Washington D.C. to receive recognition during the NEED Project’s 34th Annual Youth Awards Program.

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