Q and A with Cadet of the Month at Donaldsonville High School

Allison B. Hudson

Derek Washington

Age: 14

Grade: 9th

Favorite subject and hobbies: Science/Math

I like working with my hands and building things. I also like playing sports.

Future Plans: I plan to join the National Guard and also attend college Majoring in Mechanical Engineering.


It can open doors to more opportunities for a brighter future.

What do you like about the program?

I like the seriousness of the program, but we have fun at the same time.

What are your goals in the program?

My goal is to be one of the best in my freshman class.

If you can spread the word to others to join JROTC, what would you say?

It is very serious, but at the same time we take a lot of trips. They should join one of our teams so we can start competition.

What TSGT Cynthia Jones had to say?

What makes him stand out amongst his peers as far a personality?

Derek is quite and polite young man. He is one who always asks you if you need help. He is also one of those cadets that is very eager to improve not only himself but his peers as well.

How is he as a person?

Derek never complains when it is time to go that extra mile for the betterment of himself or the program. He has been called upon on several occasions to stay after school to help his fellow cadets with tutoring and drill. He is always willing to help.

How does he measure against others in academics?

In order to be a finalist for Cadet of the

Month we use the whole person concept (the same is done in the military). We review the cadets’ class absences, tardies, referrals, community services, activities, as well as dress and appearance and finally overall academic score in JROTC. The classroom standard is not only for JROTC but for all classes. A cadet can be removed from the finalist list for misbehavior in any other class. We are preparing better citizens for our future.