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Sequoyah soars with new JROTC program

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SODDY-DAISY, TN (WRCB)-  There's renewed pride and soaring spirit at Sequoyah High School . The longtime Hamilton County vocational school is now a full-service high school, with a brand new JROTC program.  Students are enthusiastic, with all sorts of reasons for signing up.

Junior Denver Neal said, "My main thing is about being different, I tried cheerleading and volleyball and things like that, but I really prefer JROTC. I like the leadership training, and especially being outdoors."

Senior Heath Lusk said, "I've been told I'm a good young man, so I want to put some of these young folks in line who act like kids." 

Students are being fitted for their new uniforms at no cost to Hamilton County. The military picks up most of the salaries for the instructors, and existing school facilities are being renovated by students, parents and teachers. It's all part of what Lt. Col. Scott Glass calls a county-wide show of support for Sequoyah.

"We have students from all over Hamilton County who come to Sequoyah, and we feel like we're a county-wide program," said Lt. Col. Scott Glass. "This is my first year at this school.  I knew I would love it, but I had no idea how welcoming these students are, and how helpful this community would be."

Sgt. Stephen Lewis, who has taught the JROTC program at nearby Sale Creek High, said "It's a challenge building this from the ground up, but everybody at Sequoyah is committed to it, our principal Todd Jackson, the parents and the students.  I wish everybody could see what is going on here."

As with all JROTC programs, the main emphasis is leadership. And already, the Sequoyah students are looking ahead to establishing themselves in this program, and life after high school.

Lusk said, "Here I am a senior, but I wish I was a freshman.  I'm just sorry I'll only have one year in JROTC here."  Neal added, "I know there are some good college JROTC scholarships, and that's my goal.  I want to get one!"

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