New­ton’s JROTC earns 8th Naval Honor Unit dis­tinc­tion

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pable” rat­ing, the pro­gram must meet all of the cri­te­ria re­quired by the Marine Corps for con­tin­u­a­tion as a JROTC pro­gram.

In ad­di­tion, the unit’s main­te­nance of the re­quired num­ber of stu­dents in the pro­gram is also an im­por­tant de­ter­min­ing fac­tor, as are aca­demic schol­ar­ships re­ceived by ROTC stu­dents, ROTC schol­ar­ships and ser­vice academy ap­point­ments re­ceived by cadets, and the num­ber of hours cadets de­vote to com­mu­nity ser­vice ac­tiv­i­ties.

The unit is also judged on its par­tic­i­pa­tion in lo­cal, re­gional, and na­tional com­pe­ti­tions for both the drill team and ri­fle team. Cadet ac­tiv­ity in school arts, aca­demic and ath­letic pro­grams, and the num­ber of cadets earn­ing place­ment on school honor rolls are some of the other fac­tors re­viewed.

Data on each school is col­lected by the Marine Corps Train­ing and Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mand in Quan­tico, Va., where each pro­gram is eval­u­ated and com­pared to oth­ers in the coun­try. Each sum­mer, the top schools are se­lected for the pre­vi­ous school year and plaques are awarded to the dis­tin­guished pro­grams.

“By achiev­ing honor unit sta­tus, the New­ton High School Marine JROTC con­tin­ues to be the stan­dard by which all pro­grams are mea­sured,” said Dr. Rod­er­ick Sams, prin­ci­pal of New­ton High School.

“The cadets dis­play the level of lead­er­ship, honor and ded­i­ca­tion nec­es­sary to ex­cel at the high­est level of ser­vice. New­ton High School is ex­tremely proud of their com­mit­ment to ex­cel­lence and how well they rep­re­sent their fam­i­lies and com­mu­nity.”

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