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Mini Boot Camp 2019
During the months of May and June, a select few of our Naval Junior ROTC Cadets participated in leadership training at the following camps: Girls State, National Flight Academy, Naval Academy, Basic Leadership Training, Leadership Academy, and Graduate Assistant camp. Developing informed and responsible citizens comes easy when cadets work hard and are dedicated. We are proud to be Moss Point High School’s Navy JROTC.
Girls State is an opportunity given to high school juniors that provides the hands-on experience of citizenship training. Girls State is a summer leadership and citizenship programs sponsored by The American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary. In order to attend Girls State you must be nominated by your high school during the junior year. During this week, young ladies will learn about government by creating a fictional state through the election of public officials on the local, state, and county levels and then carrying out the duties of these respective offices.
The National Flight Academy informed c/Master Chief Petty Officer Carley McGrath and c/Ensign Cameron Murphy of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, also known as STEM. Working with advanced technology, flight simulators, and virtual reality games helped to ignite imagination and encourage learning during this overnight camp. Each student had the opportunity to fly jet simulators, speak with The Blue Angels, and watch them perform. At the National Flight Academy, there is a museum on base, which they had the opportunity to view.
The Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland is an intense week-long camp that is filled with physical training, academics, and lots of effort. This camp is all about teamwork; you had to work as a team to compete in everything you did. Cadet Master Chief Petty Officer Carley McGrath traveled from Mississippi to Maryland to gain experience in leadership. It was hard, it was exhausting, but it was well worth it. Six days of running, sweating, and screaming at the top of their lungs paid off. While at camp a drill competition took place; Carley McGrath’s company won 1st and they also received Honor Company.
Camp Shelby hosted leadership camp which began on June 8th and ended on the 15th. There are three camps on this base: Basic Leadership Training (BLT), Leadership Academy (LA), and Graduate Assistant (GA) camp. Our NJROTC cadets bettered their navy knowledge, participated in drill, physical training and gave their best effort to become outstanding leaders. Not only did they push their limits academically, mentally, and physically, but they also had an amazing experience. Camp Shelby built a bond between many companies that will last a lifetime. Our NJROTC cadets surpassed our expectations greatly. For BLT, two of our cadets, Caleb Strack and Yamsue Felicie, were in Bravo company and received the award Honor Company. Another cadet, Michael Stitt, attended Leadership Academy and his company, Charlie, received the award Honor Company. Cadet Master Chief Petty Officer Carley McGrath was the company commander of the Alpha company for BLT. Cameron Murphy was the platoon commander for LA’s Bravo company. The Moss Point Tiger Elite is tearing into greatness and not only expecting real success, but achieving it!
Air Rifle Camp
Drill/Color Guard Camp
Moss Point NJROTC is well known for their outstanding Color Guard and Drill Team. Our Color Guard team practices every Monday and Thursday while the Drill team practices on Tuesday and Wednesday. In the month of July, we hosted our yearly Color Guard and Drill camp. New and returning cadets had the opportunity to come and learn by the best staff. Each camp lasted only a few days but was intense. Our Color Guard and Drill team are routinely asked to come and perform at local events and competitions. In the past, we have placed and won many trophies in both categories.
World War II Museum
On August 29th, thirty-one cadets boarded the bus to go to the World War II Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana. During the trip, they went to the Solomon Victory Theater to watch a 4D story about the War. The cadets found it interesting to watch because there were different effects during some parts of the story. For example, they played a scene with people on an airplane and made everyone’s chair vibrate to show them how turbulence shakes the plane. There were certain areas that the cadets toured. During the trip, some of the students were able to see someone getting inducted into the Navy. There were many little rooms that played different films. As they were touring, they visited the John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion to look at the artifacts and to learn more about the advancements of STEM. The trip ended with everyone visiting the gift shop and buying souvenirs. The cadets really enjoyed learning about the history of World War II.
Spaghetti Dinner & Lock-In
On September 6th, we hosted our Annual Spaghetti Dinner & Lock-In at Moss Point High School. Parents and Cadets from Moss Point and East Central joined us to bring in the new school year and learn what NJROTC is about.
After the Spaghetti Dinner, the cadets went on to the Lock-In. This is a way for every cadet to bond with one another and get to know each other. The Lock-In begins at 1930 and ends the next day at 0800. Throughout the night, there are a series of events that take place. We hosted a onesie competition; cadets dressed up in their favorite onesie and danced down the aisle. First place was Cadet Tyler Keen, dressed as chicken little. In second place we had our very own, Executive Officer, Devin Gregg, with his group dressed as Sully and the Pooh’s. Third place went to Trey Church, dressed as Pikachu. After hours of dancing and playing challenging games, we settled down for a talent show. Cadets, shy and bold, came up and gave their best effort. For the staff edition, first place was won by Cadet Master Chief Carley McGrath singing Someone Like You. Second place was won by Cadet Ensign Cameron Murphy singing This is Why I Love You; his high notes were spectacular. In third place, we had Cadet Lieutenant Devin Gregg, singing As She’s Walking Away, with Cadets Michael Stitt and Brandon Tatum; even though their hands were shaking and they were petrified, he and his group filled the room with smiles. The cadets went up for their turn and surprised us with their hidden talents: bird whistling, singing and beat-boxing but the night did not end there. Basketball, Frisbee throwing, dancing, and singing were only a few things that took place. This was a great night full of memories that will last us a lifetime. We are Tiger Elite.
The Port of Gulfport
Moss Point’s NJROTC has went on yet another field trip. On October 5th, they went to the Port of Gulfport. While there, they got to witness the USS Cincinnati get commissioned. The USS Cincinnati was the fifth ship to be named after the City of Cincinnati after World War I and World War II. The cadets had the opportunity to pass out programs and help seat visitors. They also got to meet a Four Star Admiral. The cadets enjoyed talking with him. The field trip was enjoyed by all.
Gulfport Seabee Base
Moss Point Homecoming Parade
Area Eight Managers Inspection
On November 20th, Moss Point and East-Central Cadets had their Area Managers Inspection. (AMI) They had to stand for inspection, commence a Pass in Review and perform in Drill Teams. The NJROTC Unit has been preparing for this day since the beginning of the year. With hard work, comes great success. The Cadets and Staff did outstanding. The school administration said that this had been the best AMI yet. We are so proud to be Moss Point’s NJROTC. We are Tiger Elite.
Neshoba Drill Competition
Football Friday with NJROTC
On Fridays, NJROTC Cadets do different types of physical training. Chief Hudson wanted to surprise the students with a fun Friday. The cadets scrimmaged with the football team and had a blast while exercising. They even scored against the Football players. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed playing outside.
Moss Point Christmas Parade
Christmas is a wonderful time of year. The air is crisp, full of love, happiness, and joy. In some cities, they have the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, in Moss Point, we like to have parades. NJROTC recently led the Moss Point Christmas Parade. They marched from the M&M Bank to the Escatawpa Elementary school. Over half of the cadets came straight from the ACT. Moss Point Tiger Elite is committed to their unit. We are Moss Point. Merry Christmas.
Air Rifle Competition
Air Rifle Competition
On January 31st, the four cadets that had recently placed in the previous competition went to the Brandon All Service Air Rifle Championship in Brandon, Mississippi. They placed third overall in the beginning but were bumped down to sixth place. Danielle Parker placed eleventh out of fifty-six. Carley McGrath placed twenty-one, Jerry Ha placed twenty-eighth, and Thomas Ferguson at thirty-two and he is only a freshman!