Donaldsonville High JROTC receives award

Allison B. Hudson

The Air Force JROTC at Donaldsonville High was recently awarded the Distinguished Unit with Merit Award. They were selected as one of 208 units to receive the 2010-2011 awards.

Donaldsonville High School is one of only five Louisiana High Schools to receive the Distinguished Unit with Merit Award. This award recognizes Air Force Junior ROTC units that have performed above and beyond normal expectations, and that have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the Air Force Junior ROTC mission of producing better citizens for America. This award also recognizes the personal growth and accomplishments of the cadets, the contributions of the instructors as mentors of the cadets, and the support of the school and community.  The Distinguished Unit Award is limited to the best of the best of our nation’s 884 Air Force Junior ROTC units.

The objectives of the Junior ROTC program are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship and life skills; promote community service; instill responsibility, character, and self-discipline through character education, and to provide instruction in air and space fundamentals.  Enrollment is open to all young people who are in the 9th grade or higher, physically fit, and are citizens or nationals of the United States.

Air Force Junior ROTC is located in 884 high schools across the United States and at selected schools in Europe, in the Pacific and Puerto Rico.  Junior ROTC enrollment includes more than 117,000 cadets.  For more information contact Donaldsonville High School’s Principal, Dr. Esrom Pitre or the Air Force Junior ROTC Department at Donaldsonville High School at 225-391-7926.