November 12, 2019
The Marine Corps JROTC unit at Granbury High School has been named a Naval Honor School for the sixth year in a row. The announcement was made on November 12, 2019.
Of the approximately 266 schools throughout the nation, only a small percentage of Marine Corps JROTC programs received this recognition.
“We are very proud of the cadets’ hard work and dedication and would also like to thank all teachers, staff, and administrators at the high school for the outstanding support and involvement with the cadets,” commented Lt. Col. Scott Casey, the Senior Marine Instructor.
The selection was based on several criteria, including cadet citizenship, the percentage of cadets involved in student government organizations, the number of cadets active in school activities and clubs, the number of community service hours for the unit as a whole and per cadet, the number of organizations assisted by the unit, and scholastic achievements including the number of academic awards and scholarships given to cadets. The units were also measured by participation in public affairs events, drill team competitions, rifle team competitions, physical fitness team competitions, and field trips.
Noting the GHS unit’s “exemplary performance,” U.S. Marine Corps JROTC program director Col. Robert G. Oltman stated, “The Marine Corps is proud of your achievements, and we wish you continued success in all future MCJROTC program efforts. It is through the superior efforts of units, such as yours, that the MCJROTC program’s goals are being achieved.”
Because of this prestigious status, the GHS unit will have the opportunity to send nominations to the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, and the Military Academy at West Point. The award also provides students who have a desire to join a service academy the significant advantage of earning recommendation letters from their JROTC instructors who, under this award designation, carry just as much weight as a letter from a U.S. Representative or Senator.
Instructors for the JROTC program are Lt. Col. Casey and First Sergeant Johnny Rositas.