Parents of new NJROTC Cadets for SY 2016/17,
Congratulations on having your son and/or daughter sign up for the Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) program at Sprayberry High School. I am very excited as we continue to grow our nationally recognized program this upcoming school year. Gunnery Sergeant Joe Ingram and I look forward to this challenge and the opportunity to work with your child. Rather than just teaching a class per day to students, we administer an overall program that emphasizes self-discipline, reliability, academics, physical conditioning and character development from day one. While in our program, your cadet will be able to earn promotions within our cadet ranks (from Cadet Seaman Recruit up to Cadet Commander). Additionally, cadets will be able to compete in our various teams in drill, athletics, academics and orienteering. Of course, just “showing up” won’t necessarily earn your cadet a letter or promotion. All of our cadets must personally earn everything they receive in NJROTC.
The purpose of this letter is to announce the opportunity for our new cadets to participate in the Annual NJROTC Orientation Camp, which will be held jointly with Lassiter High School at Sprayberry NJROTC, Room 709. The dates are Monday and Tuesday July 25 and 26 from 9am until 3pm each day. Our cadet leaders are developing an agenda that will detail each day’s activities. Attending our orientation will afford the students an excellent opportunity to transition into the NJROTC program. Bottom line, by attending, they will meet the NJROTC Instructors, get a better feel for the NJROTC program, meet fellow cadets and staff, learn basic drill movements and participate in athletic events. We will not be strictly enforcing grooming standards during the two days, but males must leave their earrings at home. We will discuss the grooming standards that will be strictly enforced during the school year (these standards are required by the U.S. Navy to enable a student to participate in the NJROTC program). We will have one session for parents (Monday 7/25 at 9am) which will be conducted by our Senior Naval Science Instructors. Our new cadets will also have an opportunity to participate in Drill Camp, which will take place on Thursday, July 28 from 9am until 1pm. Participation at all events is not mandatory but highly encouraged. Cadets should wear athletic clothing and running shoes and bring a packed lunch on Monday and Tuesday. We will serve pizza at Drill Camp on Thursday.
There is no sugar coating the fact that NJROTC will be unlike any other class your son or daughter will experience. We will demand that our cadets maintain accountability and responsibility for their actions and performance. We will not be bashful about pointing out their shortcomings or failure to measure up to our standards. However, if they do well in JROTC, they will eventually earn an officer’s job and assist in running the unit, possibly earning scholarships at ROTC universities. They will learn leadership, teamwork and citizenship skills from a proven program that instills confidence and maturity.
So please send us an email at [email protected] or [email protected] if your son or daughter can attend. Thanks, and we look forward to meeting each and every one of you.
LCDR Dennis P. Wonders, USN (ret)
Senior Naval Science Instructor
Alpha & Bravo: 5/24
Sprayberry NJROTC Annual Awards Banquet
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Navy Lake Site Allatoona Lodge
Picnic Lunch Served at 11:00 am
Awards at 12:00 pm
Dress is casual
Guest admission is $5 and cadets are free
After picnic/awards- Comradery, Swimming, Fishing, Boating…bring appropriate gear!
Location: Navy Lake Site at Allatoona, 166 Sandtown Road Military Park, Cartersville, GA 30121
From I-75 North: Exit I-75 at Exit 283. Turn right onto Old Allatoona Rd (turns into Santown Rd.) Continue on Sandtown Rd. for approx. 3.5 miles. The park is located on the left side of road. Follow signs to banquet.
From I-75 South: Exit I-75 at Exit 283. Turn left onto Old Allatoona Rd (turns into Sandtown Rd.) Continue on Sandtown Rd. for approx. 3.5 miles. Entrance on left. Follow signs to banquet.
GPS Coordinates: LAT 34.089519, LON -84.720851
This is the same date as prom, so some cadets may want to leave immediately after awards to get ready!
Cadets, Family, Friends,
This year’s Awards Banquet will take place at 11am on Saturday, 30 April at the Navy Lakesite Allatoona Lodge; 166 Sandtown Rd SE, Cartersville, GA 30121.
We will serve lunch at 11am and start awards at noon. Dress is casual as we will enjoy lake activities afterward.
Cost is $5 for all guests. Cadets are free.
This is the same day as prom, so some cadets will want to leave right after the ceremony to get ready for the evening.
Congrats to the unit for being the first Cobb school in 11 years to make it to Nationals! The event was quite an experience for all of the cadets. A rain soaked Friday cancelled the running events which was unfortunate, because that was one of our big strengths.
The unit competed with the top 25 NJROTC units across the nation and scored 2nd place in curl-ups and brought home the Captain Jim Harvey Spirit Award. Cadet Amanda Yancey placed second in the nation in female curl-ups with 300.
The unit thanks all supporters for helping with nationals fundraising. Without those efforts, the trip would not have taken place.
On Saturday, the top 16 NJROTC units in Area 12 converged in Coffee county for the Area 12 (all of GA and N. FL) Drill Championship. This year, the top 3 teams earned a bid to the Navy Nationals in Pensacola April 1,2. Sprayberry dominated in athletics and held their own in all other categories. Final results were:
1. Nease (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL)
3. Terry Parker (Jacksonville, FL)
Sprayberry has the honor of representing the state of Georgia at this year’s Nationals.
The unit took first place overall athletic, and placed in armed basic and unarmed exhibition drill. Individual athletic awards went to Austin Allen, Robert Young, Rigel Forman, Gabriel Maxwell, Coleman Grier, Amanda Yancey, Kehyra DeJesus, Erica Phipps, Kathylee Maceno and Thaishelle Lopez.
On Thursday, 1/28, Sprayberry NJROTC brought 55 cadets to Sawyer Rd Elementary School for a Junior Achievement Mentorship Day. Cadets went into K-5 classrooms and taught lessons and activities on economics and society. The day was a huge success with our cadets receiving consistent praise from the faculty and staff at SRES. Well done cadets!
Cadets should review the following study guide in preparation for this semester’s final exam. 1st and 2nd block will test on Thursday, Dec 17. 3rd block will test on Friday, Dec 18.
Fall 15 Study Guide
Sprayberry NJROTC is conducting its Annual Inspection and Ceremony on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 in the main gym at Sprayberry High School at 10am sharp. All parents, family and friends of cadets are cordially invited to attend. The ceremony will include drill exhibition, awards, promotions, advancements, remarks from our Principal and Area Manager and a formal Pass-In-Review of the entire NJROTC Unit. This is a great opportunity to recognize your cadet and to show your support for this great program. Attendees should report to the front office for a visitor’s pass and be seated in the gym by 9:55am.
START/END TIME: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 10:00am – 10:50am.
PURPOSE: Cadets will perform and receive awards from our Area Manager, CDR Rustie Hibbard.
DRESS: Cadets: Navy Service Uniform (khaki shirt, black pants, black cover). Guests: Business casual.
ATTENDANCE: to this event and the morning inspection is mandatory for all cadets.
QUESTIONS: Contact LCDR Wonders at [email protected]
Sprayberry’s Navy JROTC took 2nd place out of 12 teams Saturday at the Kennesaw Mountain Drill Meet. Sprayberry swept first place in all athletic events, took 3rd place academics, 3rd Unarmed Basic and 3rd Color Guard.
Individual Athletic Awards went to Gabriel Haynes, Rigel Forman, John Greenwell, Johana Figueroa, Amanda Yancey, Abigail Trono, Michael Cooper, Austin Allen, Thaishelle Lopez and Kehyra DeJesus
Individual Academic Awards went to Matthew Mondragon and Gabriel Haynes