Elbert County JROTC Program Recognized by U.S. Secretary of Defense

October 24, 2012

The Army JROTC Academic Team representing Elbert County High School was recently recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta for their participation in the 2011-2012 JROTC Leadership Symposium and Academic Bowl Championship, which took place in Washington D.C., June of this year.

Clay Carlton, who was a member of the 2011-2012 Academic team, said it was a challenging experience.

“It was a lot of fun; we got to study with other teams in between competitions”, said Carlton, “It was challenging, it really gave us a challenge because we had been used to going up against a computer, and it’s a completely different feeling having a team right across from you competing.”

Major Ed Lovin, Senior Army Instructor for the Elbert County JROTC program, said it’s much easier to get students interested in a winning program.

“Competition is great because everyone wants to be apart of a winning team. This year we didn’t have any problem trying to find someone to be on a team, we had students coming to us to sign up for either of the two teams”, said Major Lovin. “When you have students coming to you wanting to be apart of something, it makes all the difference in the world.”

The competition creates tremendous opportunities for JROTC cadets by providing the opportunity to demonstrate the leadership and academic strengths of the JROTC program.