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JROTC Military Gala Celebrates Excellence and 85 Years in JPS

January 7, 2022

 JPS 9th Annual JROTC Military Ball  JPS 9th Annual JROTC Military Ball  JPS 9th Annual JROTC Military Ball  JPS 9th Annual JROTC Military Ball

Kevonta Jefferson and  McKinley Washington of Jim Hill High School

The guest speaker for the event was Mr. Jim Wood, Chief, Army JROTC Training & Operations Division, Fort Knox, KY.    Murrah JROTC Color Guard

Dr. Edward D. Sivak Jr., Board President


Jackson Public Schools hosted the 9th Annual JPS Junior Reserves Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Military Gala on December 17, 2021, at the Jackson Convention Complex. Over 860 cadets, instructors, parents, school administrators, and other guests attended the formal event. This annual event is part of a comprehensive development program for JPS cadets. It is an opportunity to celebrate 85 years of JROTC in the JPS district and highlight the excellence, accomplishments, and contributions of the JPS JROTC program. The Military Gala exposes cadets to a formal military dining experience while encouraging camaraderie amongst the cadets and their instructors at all seven JPS high schools. The theme for this school year's gala was "BUILDING LEADERS FOR LIFE while Focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)."

 The guest speaker for the event was Mr. Jim Wood, Chief, Army JROTC Training & Operations Division, Fort Knox, KY.  He served as an Active Duty Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army for 28 years. He also served as Professor of Military Science at Norfolk State and Elizabeth City State Universities, Commandant for the Army ROTC School of Cadet Command, as Battalion Commander for the Philadelphia Recruiting Battalion, and in various Airborne and Pathfinder assignments.  He has written several books for the Army, served as Chief of the Army's writing team for its premier training manual, Training the Force, and has received many awards and decorations. 

The program for the military gala included a tribute to fallen soldiers, a toast, and a presentation by the battalion commanders of each JROTC unit.  Jim Hill High School scholars Ms. Catia Madison and Mr. Emmanuel Jackson and Mr. John Uzodinma, a professional violinist, graced the audience with musical performances.

JPS JROTC cadets also had the opportunity to hear brief messages from Superintendent Dr. Errick L. Greene, JPS Board of Trustees President Dr. Edward Sivak Jr., and JPS JROTC Director of Army Instruction Col. Fredrick Brown.

Currently, all seven of the JPS JROTC units have the highest accreditation ranking from the U.S. Army of Honor Unit with Distinction based on achieving scores of 96 to 100 percent on their Program of Accreditation Assessment. 

The JPS JROTC program produces high-achieving scholars through character, education, wellness/fitness activities, and leadership development. It is a cooperative effort between the United States Army and JPS to produce successful students and citizens while fostering a more constructive and disciplined learning environment.

This year’s military gala was truly a success.  Thank you to all of the JPS instructors and cadets involved in the planning and preparation of this school year’s JPS JROTC Annual Military Gala.