MALLORY, W.Va. — JROTC students from Man, Chapmanville and Logan came together at the Mallory Church of God Friday, March 17 to voice their support for the JROTC program in Logan County.
The Logan County Board of Education recently announced it is preparing to make around 70 cuts in staff — including the JROTC program.
The group formed in reaction to proposed cuts in the program whose ranks have reportedly
The JROTC program in Logan County Schools has reportedly grown to include around 400 students.
At Man High School, the JROTC program reportedly makes up around 1/3 of the entire student population.
Around 60 people gathered at the church to hear the group of professional and committed young adults explain what the JROTC program in Logan County School meant to the them.
Each speaker recounted their own positive outcomes from the program including physical fitness, leadership, community, citizenship and knowledge first aid and history.
Senior Matthew Sanders, recounted his experience with the program saying, “I heard it was about…helping young people to become better citizens. This is my third year, and it has helped me tremendously. It’s not just military. It helps with your citizenship and it helps you be a better person altogether.”
In all, three Man High School JROTC students stood before the crowd and made their case for the programs benefit to both their personal lives and the community as a whole.
Two instructors in the county’s program also addressed the crowd and urged people to show restraint and respect at an upcoming meeting of the Logan County BOE.
State senator Richard Ojeda is the JROTC instructor at Chapmanville Regional High School.
At the meeting Ojeda explained, “This program pulls people out of their comfort zone. It gets them out of that shell. It gets in them front of people and has them talk. Our credentials are sitting in this room in these uniforms. Every one that goes that to that board meeting on the 23rd, I want to see cadets be cadets — honorable cadets. We are not going to argue, we’re not going to fight. We are going to show them that this program was beneficial.”
Another meeting of JROTC students in Logan County Schools is reportedly scheduled for Monday evening at 6 p.m. at Logan Middle School on Midelburg Island.
The next meeting of the Logan County Board of Education will be at 6 p.m. March 23 at the Ralph R. Willis Career and Technical Center.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 or by email at [email protected]