The change of command ceremony is an emotional process that spikes the feeling of honor and membership in the heart of every man or woman in the United States military. But it does not only happen in the many branches of military but the small hallways of colleges and schools such as Highland High School.
Everyone watched anxiously as Cadet Commanding Officer Zac Jones passed down his position to Cadet, and now Commanding Officer, Regan Smith so that she will lead the 2015-2016 Naval Science One’s, Two’s, and Three’s into the upcoming 2016-2017 school year.
But the duty does not end there. The rest of the Naval Science Four’s passed down the jobs and duties that they have successfully upheld for the past school year to next year’s Naval Science Four Students.
“Change of Command didn’t seem very important to me before,” the new Cadet Executive Officer, Tyler Tipton said. “But now that I’m the one getting a position it was extremely exciting. It almost felt surreal to get a title and a rank after looking up to them [the staff] for three years. It’s definitely a privilege and an honor.”
The cadets have been anticipating this day for months and accepted their duties with hearts full of hope, vision, determination and honor to be leaders in the school in the upcoming school year when their leaders have stepped down and graduated.
Awards were given out to many of the cadets in the NJROTC program and families, students and teachers attended the event. The NJROTC program has a major impact on the school so it is no surprise that so many people wanted to watch this beautiful ceremony unfold. Everything went off without a hitch and NJROTC cadets were all excited as they welcomed in their new staff members for the 2016-2017 school year.
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