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Callaway Senior Named 2017 JPS JROTC Cadet of the Year

Cadet Col. Kayla Pippins
Cadet Col. Kayla Pippins

Cadet Col. Kayla Pippins of Callaway High School was named the 2017 Jackson Public Schools JROTC Cadet of the Year.

Pippins serves as the Battalion Commander for Callaway’s 4th Battalion Charging Chargers. She holds a 3.25 GPA and has earned a score of 24 on the ACT. She is a model cadet, not only for her battalion but for every cadet in the JROTC program. She has consistently demonstrated profound leadership throughout her four years as a JROTC cadet, earning her schools' top Leadership Education and Training award for her grade level in her 9th- and 11th-grade years.

Pippins also serves as President of Callaway’s Jobs for Mississippi Graduates program, and in 2015, she was selected to represent that program in Washington, D.C., at the Jobs for America’s Graduates National Conference. She is very active in her community and has assisted in several community service activities such as the New Hope Baptist Church Community Health Fair, Cottage Grove Nursing Home visits, Trendsetter Mentor program for North Jackson Elementary School and Callaway’s Veterans Day program. She also serves as Sunday School Secretary and an usher at her church, Hope Spring Missionary Baptist Church.

Cadet Pippins has attended Girls State at the University of Southern Mississippi and the Junior ROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge at Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

After high school, Cadet Pippins plans to attend Tougaloo College and major in social work and to attain a Doctorate degree.

Pippins is the youngest child of Faylena Pippins.

The 13th Annual JROTC Cadet of the Year Awards Ceremony was held after a rigorous competition that culminated in an oral presentation before a panel of distinguished judges. The Cadet of the Year was announced during this formal banquet. The school-level Cadets of the Year were also honored along with the top performing Leadership Education and Training cadets for each grade level.

2017 JROTC Cadets of the Year and school principals
2017 JROTC School Cadets of the Year
Photo Gallery: 2017 JROTC Cadet of the Year

The top cadets from each JPS high school were recognized for their accomplishments and selection as Cadets of the Year for their high schools. The 2017 school-level JROTC Cadets of the Year are:

  • C/LTC Tiffany Bryant, Lanier
  • C/LTC Adrianna Cooper, Murrah
  • C/LTC RaQuan Young, Wingfield
  • C/COL Kayla Pippins, Callaway
  • C/MAJ Tasha Conerly, Forest Hill
  • C/LTC Mike Ragsdale, Provine
  • C/MAJ N’Waynah Littleton, Jim Hill

“This is a highlight event for our JROTC cadets because it gives us the opportunity to recognize and reward the most outstanding cadets in our JROTC program,” said Col. (Ret.) Paul Willis, Director of JPS JROTC.