On Friday, Nov. 3, 115 Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC students) participated in the West Point Leadership Ethics and Diversity in STEM (LEADS) Workshop at the Emily Griffith Campus. The Cadets came from nine DPS high schools: South, East, North, George Washington, Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, John F. Kennedy, Montbello and Dr. Martin Luther King.
The workshop kicked off with keynote speaker Dr. Tony Smith. The Superintendent of West Point, Lieutenant General Steve Gilland, led a session on the admissions process for the United States Military Academy at West Point. The Cadets learned about and demonstrated ethical leadership skills with West Point Cadet mentors. Activities included discussions of leadership and ethical dilemmas and team challenges including an essay competition, physical fitness challenge and group skit.
“I think what makes this program unique is that it is hosted by Cadets from West Point that were in high school just three or four years ago — that helps our students relate to the ethical and leadership dilemmas that we tackled during the workshop,” said Kevin Black, DPS Military Instruction Program Manager. “I think our JROTC Cadets had a lot of fun exploring challenging topics.”
In addition, 40 middle school students from Lake Middle School, Skinner Middle School, and RMP Sunnyside participated in a VEX robotics STEM workshop hosted by Denver North JROTC and run by West Point Cadets.
Veterans Day Parade and Celebrations
This Saturday, 800-1,000 Denver JROTC Cadets will participate in the Denver Veterans Day Parade that will be held at Denver City Park. The annual event is organized by the Colorado Veterans Project. All events will be held on the same day at the Meadows of Denver City Park. The event will begin with 5K and 10K races followed by the parade and a festival with military vehicle displays and vendors. Denver JROTC Cadets will stage in front of East High School and join the parade beginning at 10:30 a.m.