ECKERD COLLEGE SAILING ACADEMY
Beginning the summer with a busy schedule, Central High School JROTC was one in several schools in Area 7 to be attending Sail Academy at Eckerd College. A two-session camp, lasting a week long for each, officially started June 4th and ended on June 17th. As no surprise, all our cadets who attended completed the course safely. During this camp, the cadets were to perform a physical fitness test before beginning, but once successful they were taught by experienced sailors and college graduates on the proper way of assembling/disassembling, as well as, sailing the college’s 420 boats. The cadets were presented in an atmosphere where giving up
on yourself and your team was not an option; however, by the end of the week the cadets were more than confident in their newfound abilities. All in hopes of stacking our unit with young and determined leadership potential. During the first session, the cadets faced higher winds than expected and were able to experience the thrill of sailing the small and speedy boats in slightly harsher conditions. At the end of the second session, Cadet Davis placed second in the boat race against the other cadets. After both long and energy demanding weeks, the successful cadets were awarded with well-deserved aiguillettes and medals.
At Admiral Farragut Academy, six of our cadets were enrolled to participate in Leadership Academy. At this specific camp, cadets were trained in proper etiquette, time management, and leadership. The instructors in charge were to push these cadets to their breaking point in hopes to develop their sense of discipline and determination. Once accomplished the cadets could then bring their newfound skills back to their JROTC environment. June 4th to the 10th Cadets Gregory, Guerin and Hallett attended; whereas the female Cadets Baker, Guerin, and Pannone attended the following week. Five of the cadets graduated along with one of the highest awards, Meritorious Achievement, being received by Cadet Pannone.