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Tradition of Excellence Continues for PWBHS MCJROTC

Bryant High MCJROTC Achieves Naval Honor School distinction for third consecutive year, Improves to one of the Top 5 programs in the Southeast.
 
In what appears to be a new tradition of excellence, The Paul W. Bryant High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC program has once again been designated as a Naval Honor School for the past academic year.  These marks the third time in as many years that the program has been recognized for this prestigious honor.
 
Schools selected as a Naval Honor School are in the top 20% of all programs in the country, and one of the top ten programs in their region.  Bryant High is part of Region 2, which covers Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, and the Carolinas. 
 
Even more impressive is the fact that Bryant finished in the top five of all schools selected for Region 2 this year, a substantial improvement over their performance in the two previous years.
 
To achieve this honor, the Bryant cadets displayed an extreme amount of dedication and hard work. They achieved a “Full Mission Capable” score on their most recent Commanding General’s Inspection, a top to bottom inspection of the program to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of students, instructors, program administration, and activities. In addition, they achieved the following accomplishments:
 
-Over 80% of cadets in the program were involved in at least one sport or other extracurricular activity besides JROTC
-16 MCJROTC seniors received over one million dollars in academic scholarships, and 9 seniors have already entered or signed contracts to enter the U.S. Armed Forces.
-Completed over 2400 community service hours serving both the school and local community, as well as conducting over 30 Color Guard or other patriotic ceremonies within the school and community.
-Over 45% of cadets achieved some sort of Academic award, to include A-B Honor Roll or higher

-Competed in six JROTC Drill/Military Skills competitions, placing no lower than 2nd place in all except two.

-Recognized as a Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS) Banner Program.

-Almost 30% of cadets completed an extended stay Leadership Camp or STEM Camp at Huntsville, AL, Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL, Washington, D.C., or Lebanon, TN during the summer.
 
All of this required a high level of dedication and commitment from the cadets, especially when one considers the fact that the vast majority of these activities took place on weekends or outside of normal school hours. Add in the fact that the Bryant MCJROTC program is only in its sixth year of existence, and one can see what a truly great achievement these cadets have accomplished.
 
Being designated a Naval Honor School brings well deserved recognition to these students, but it also allows the school to nominate cadets to the military service academies with a “Service-Affiliated” nomination. These nominations are not available to the general population and will provide our students with an increased chance of acceptance to schools like the U.S. Military Academy and Naval Academy that typically require a highly competitive nomination from a U.S. congressman, senator, or the Vice President or President.
 
Competition for this distinction will likely increase in the coming year, as Bryant High shifts from southeastern Region 2 to the more western Region 5, where they will now compete against schools in Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.