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Ceremony honors NJROTC cadets

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The NJROTC program, under the direction of Lt. Cmdr. Wes Shumaker and Gunnery Sgt. Bret Painter, awarded cadets with scholarships and recogonition. Los Alamos High School Principal Sandy Warnock was elated with the student success.

“I enjoy seeing the cadets as a group and their camaraderie and their support of each other,” said Warnock. “I love seeing them in their uniforms and the clinging of all the medals worn on the uniform.”

Warnock also appreciates the acknowledgment the ceremony brings to those students who have given of their time and the parent turnout, which is a testament to the support of the cadets and the program. 

The students were acknowledged for their work for the second half of the year and many were rewarded with scholarships and special awards from representatives from the Veterans of Foreign Wars,  Military Orders of the World Wars, Daughters of the American Revolution and more. 

Gunnery Sgt. Painter made special presentations to graduating seniors based on the nicknames they have received throughout their time with the unit.

They included items to assist them in their college goals, move ahead in their future plans and recall their fondness for the program. In one incredible display of recognition, Painter presented Cadet Unit Cmdr., Kyle Partin with one of his own flight suits.

“I am proud of each and every cadet for their commitment to ROTC activities and the community,” said Warnock. “It is group of young adults who believe in giving back to their community and to each other. One cannot acknowledge the cadets and the program without mentioning the time and energy of Wes Shumaker and Bret Painter. They have both been instrumental in the success of the program.”

The Lt. Cmdr. left the students with this quote from Roald Amundsen from The South Pole. “Victory awaits him who has everything in order — luck, people call it. Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary precautions in time; this is called bad luck.”

Ooh-Rah cadets on a year well done. 

The cadets will sponsor a car wash this weekend in preparation for summer activities.