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Bryant MCJROTC selected as Naval Honor School for the 4th year

DYNASTY: Bryant High MCJROTC Achieves Naval Honor School distinction for fourth consecutive year, continues tradition of excellence in new national region.

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 fourth time in as many years that the program has been recognized for this prestigious honor.

For all the cadets, this honor is now a routine high expectation for the program. “It’s a great honor, but we really don’t know anything different,” said senior Mary Wilson. “We’ve been an Honor School ever since I’ve been here.”

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 was transferred to Region 5 this past year, which includes schools in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle.

“We didn’t really know what to expect or how we would do moving into Region 5,” said Maj J.D. York, Senior Marine Instructor. “There are a lot of large, well-established programs in Texas that are extremely competitive. Of the 13 schools in Region 5 selected, nine were in Texas, and we were the only school selected east of the Mississippi River.”

To achieve this honor, the Bryant cadets displayed an extreme amount of dedication and hard work, travelling over 6500 miles to various camps and competitions and compiling almost 3000 hours of community service. Other notable achievements also contributed to their selection:

-Almost 90% of cadets in the program were involved in at least one sport or other extracurricular activity besides JROTC -11 MCJROTC seniors received over $450,000 in academic scholarships, and 7 seniors have already entered or signed contracts to enter the U.S. Armed Forces.

-Over 40% of cadets achieved some sort of Academic award, to include A-B Honor Roll or higher -Competed in six JROTC Drill/Military Skills competitions, including competitions as far away as New Orleans and Houston -Almost 30% of cadets completed an extended stay Leadership Camp or STEM Camp at Huntsville, AL, The U.S. Naval Academy, Washington, D.C., or Lebanon, TN during the summer.

Additionally, the program had its first cadet, Kameron Miller, accepted to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), and also had Cadet Brianna Byrd elected as Governor of Girls State, and selected as the Outstanding Cadet of the Year for the State by the Sons of the American Revolution.

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.

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 MCJROTC 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.