The Lake Highlands High School Wildcat Battalion Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) held their 3rd Annual Pass in Review and Award Ceremony on May 5, 2023. Lieutenant Colonel Robert Gerald, US Army (Retired), Senior Army Instructor, and Master Sergeant Calvin Washington, US Army (Retired), Army Instructor, invited three American Legion Post 178 Executive Committee officers to present several awards.
Vice Commander Jeffrey Anderson and Post Executive Committee member Larry Wilhelm attended the ceremony and jointly presented awards to two outstanding cadets. The American Legion Peter J Courcy Scholastic Excellence Award was presented to Cadet/CPT Tanya Ventura, Echo Company. Cadet/1LT Emily Anthony, Headquarters, was awarded The American Legion Peter J Courcy Military Excellence Award.
The Lake Highlands High School Wildcat program was established in 2019 and currently has approximately 100 cadets. The program includes numerous special teams: Raider Team, Color Guard, Drill & Ceremony, Rifle Team, and Saber Team. The battalion’s mission is “To Motivate Young People to Be Better Citizens.” More than 30 awards were presented during the ceremony which concluded with the longstanding military traditions of a Change of Command and Pass in Review.