“The biggest benefit of this honor is that it allows our school to make nominations to all of the service academies,” said Maj. J. D. York, Senior Marine Instructor at Bryant High.
“In order to attend a school like West Point, or the Naval Academy, a typical student must be nominated by their U.S. Congressman, Senator, or the Vice President, and as each of these offices only have a few quotas per year, it’s extremely competitive. Being a Naval Honor School allows our students another avenue in which they can receive one of these nominations. We can nominate up to six cadets for the Naval Academy, and three each to the other service academies.”
To achieve the honor, the Bryant cadets had to display an extreme amount of dedication and hard work. They achieved a “Full Mission Capable” score on their most recent Commanding General’s Inspection, which is a top-to-bottom inspection of the program that evaluates the quality and effectiveness of students, instructors, program administration, and activities.
“The real credit goes to our seniors from last year,” York said. “MCJROTC is a student led program, and they really took charge and led by example, taking the whole unit to a higher level of discipline and performance.”
From last year’s class, nine senior cadets received more than $175,000 in college scholarships, and seven senior cadets have already entered or have signed contracts to enter the Marine Corps and Navy.
“It’s a shame they can’t be here to enjoy the honor,” York said, “but leaders know that they often plant trees that will provide fruit for someone else.”