This summer, six Lassiter High School NJROTC cadets packed their bags and headed for the Leadership Academy at Riverside Military Academy. The Leadership Academy pushes cadets with the goal to instill leadership skills, which the cadets can bring back to their unit and teach subordinates.
Every year a select group of cadets attend the Leadership Academy at Riverside Military Academy. On average, Lassiter High School sends four cadets to the program every year, but this year Lassiter increased the number by two cadets.
The Lassiter-Pope-Kell NJROTC Unit has earned the title of distinguished unit for 14 out of the past 15 years.
The group’s most senior cadet, Hunter Peterson, attended the Academy for the second time, returning as a cadre, organizing and running the Academy. The Lassiter 12th grader also served as the color guard commander for the graduation ceremony. Junior Aaron Ray graduated from the Academy as a platoon commander.
Juniors Cassidy Howell and Andrew King both graduated as platoon guidons. Sophomore Jay Dungan and juniors Willem Riedlinger and Owen Wilson graduated as squad leaders. Owen also ranked as one of the top five cadets in his graduating cadet class.
The cadets shared some of the biggest lessons they learned from attending the Leadership Academy including how important it is to treat subordinates. The event also helped them mature as leaders, develop time management, improve self-discipline, learn how to set good examples, and serve as leaders that people respect and want to follow.