Senior Leads the Drill Team to Success

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Photo used with permission by Shealynn Myers.

Ozark Color Guard Seniors present the colors at Jeepin’ for a Cure.

Emma Burton, Writer

When it comes to JROTC, there are several things you can take away from the program. In his past six years of experiences, responsibility, ownership of actions, and leadership skills are three things Senior Cory Chadwick has developed.

Chadwick joined this remarkable program back in 7th grade thanks to the help of one of his peers. “My friend Jacob Priest was the one who convinced me to join the JROTC program,” Chadwick said. Priest, a senior, had a few reasons for why he asked his friend to join. “I was in 7th grade and I was very new to JROTC. It was intimidating for me, so I decided to invite my best friends, one of which was Cory. When they joined, it made my JROTC experience a lot better, and it made me more comfortable knowing that I wasn’t alone and that I had friends taking the same steps with me,” said Priest.

Chadwick serves as the Armed Exhibition commander and the S4. “Being the S4 means that I am in charge of supply and inventory,” Chadwick said. His friends would agree that Chadwick is deserving of these leadership positions. “Is Cory a hard worker? Not even a question. He is the hardest working guy I know,” said Priest. “He is the first one at practice every morning and he is always the last one to leave. It has been an honor to have him by my side.”

JROTC is a crucial step on the way to serving in the military and Chadwick later plans on serving in the Air Force. Not only is the program important for a militant future, but it is also a great way to build connections throughout the community. “The bonds I have created with friends will definitely be the most memorable thing from JROTC. When you go through the same hardships as someone else, it solidifies bonds,” said Chadwick.

Despite the challenges everyone has faced this year with the COVID-19 pandemic, JROTC was still able to participate in several events. A few of these include: presenting the colors at Jeepin’ for a Cure and other events, firing the cannon at football games, engaging in the annual Battalion Olympics, hosting the Show me Shootout, and participating in several raider meets.

While his final year will be a time for goodbyes and farewells, Chadwick offers up some advice for the underclassmen. “Hard work feeds long term happiness. Never shoot under what you are capable of, and don’t waste your potential. Seek to be the best, and you will be overwhelmed with a sense of accomplishment and confidence. If you progress in one area of your character, it will expand other areas,” said Chadwick.