February 28, 2013

Fifty-four Marine Corps JROTC students from Granbury High School and Crossland Ninth Grade Center ventured to Harlingen for a four-day exercise at the Marine Military Academy on February 24-28, 2013.

“It is an exciting and, in some cases, a transforming experience for many of our students,” commented Lt. Col. Scott Casey, the Senior Marine Instructor. This event is to familiarize cadets with a military lifestyle to include team building exercises, physical fitness, and leadership challenges.

Activities included an obstacle course, high ropes course, low ropes course, combat fitness test, close order drill, pugil sticks, and paint ball. The group hiked three miles on the final night to an Iwo Jima statue (that served as the basis for the famed memorial in the Washington D.C. area). Also included were study times to work on school assignments as well room and hygiene inspections.

Boys bunked in the academy dormitories, while girls were housed at nearby church because the academy includes an all-male boarding school. The students went without cell phones, computers, and other daily amenities to focus on the drills and other activities.

Cadet battalion staff members are Lt. Colonel Zachary Welty, commanding officer; Major Kourtney Norwood, executive officer; Sgt. Major Alex Brake; Captain Cindy Adams, S-1 administration; Capt. Tanner Caraway, S-3 operations; Captains David Hull and William Black, company commanders; and Sgt. Stephen Schofield, S-4 logistics.

Participants from GHS were Daniel Alaniz, Elyscia Alaniz, Rebecca Anderson, Astrid Avila, Landon Barber, Joshua Bullock, Matthew Carr, Kayla Dorris, Hunter Dowell, Adam Felan, Cooper Fisher, Jacob Fleshman, Christian Flores, Steven Gillies, Kiran Lachman, Dylan McKelvain, Lan McLellan, Matthew McLellan, Alexander Mullen, Christian Robertson, Dalton Robinson, Joseph Rojas, Brittni Selman, Sierra Smith, Cody Vasquez, Richard Vyce, and Valen Webb.

Freshman cadets attending are Alex Adams, Morgan Arnold, Shane Benedict, Blake Connolly, Timothy Correa, Bryce Elliott, Antonio Hernandez-Castaneda, Ryan Kruse, Ty Martin, Karen McLellan, Bryton Mize, Tyler Morrissette, Robert Price, Chayne Samford, Shayla Satterfield, Aimee Selman, Dallas Taylor, Bryan Torres, and Adrian White.

Casey is assisted by First Sergeant Johnny Rositas. Other sponsors were GHS teacher Carolann Caruthers and retired teacher Nancy Petty. 

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