Each year the
students in the journalism program at PHS finish the course by writing press
releases. The class partners with the Princeton Herald to publish the stories.
These are also featured on the district website under Latest Headlines. This
article is written by Ivan Diaz.
drugs, fixing brakes and dying hair won’t be the only things going on in the
CATE center next year as the Jr. ROTC, a national military program, will make
its debut at Princeton High School.
mission is to instill in students in United States secondary educational
institutions the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal
responsibility and a sense of accomplishment,” Assistant Superintendent Donald
McIntyre said. “I believe this program will allow more students to reach their
full potential and become productive members of society.”
has hired Lieutenant Commander James Reed to be the senior naval science
instructor. LCDR Reed is a retired Naval aviator with 26 years of service, and
he has 20 years of JROTC teaching experience.
officials are excited about the elite CATE program, as well as the opportunity
for increased competition.
ISD will begin competing in drill contests,” Mr. McIntyre said. “Drill
competitions include armed drill, unarmed drill, academic competitions and physical
fitness competitions. In addition, PISD will be competing in the 10-meter air
have the opportunity to learn varied skills such as color guard, as well as practical
skills including leadership.
“From what I
understand, the program is intended to help expand your leadership skills, and teach
you to learn to work as a unit to get things done,” freshman Garrett Cook said.
“And it will also help yourself prepare for the military if you choose to
JROTC have the opportunity to join the military at a higher rank.
apply for scholarships to continue on to college, enlist into the military or
simply use the leadership skills they have acquired in any area they choose,”
Mr. McIntyre said. “I believe the program fits well into the vision of PISD in
that it opens new avenues for students to pursue when they graduate from
being a technical program, members will be encouraged to be active in their
“They will be
involved with extracurricular activities,” PHS Principal James Lovelady said.
“They will be at the football games presenting the flags and doing pushups,
much like the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M. It will help create a sense of
community among the kids.”
JROTC will be more than just a class or an extracurricular involvement for
influence on me to want to join the military and JROTC is the sacrifices the
men and women of our armed forces have had to make to protect our country and
countries across the globe,” Garrett said. “I hope to one day do my part to
make sure our country stays free.”