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JPS JROTC Cadets Selected for MOWW Youth Leadership Conference

October 31, 2019

Essency Byrd Jerica James Zykera Johnson Flannan Ngong
Essence Byrd, Jim Hill Jerica James, Murrah Zykera Johnson, Callaway Flannan Ngong, Jim Hill
Akiah Smith Heaven Thompson Ramiyah Thompson  
Akiah Smith, Forest Hill Heaven Thomas, Provine Ramiyah Thompson, Wingfield  

Seven outstanding JPS JROTC cadets attended the 2019 Military Order of World Wars (MOWW) Youth Leadership Conference. The high school juniors traveled to the U.S. Space Center in Huntsville, Alabama, to participate in the four-day conference. More than 80 high school students from Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee also attended the event.

The seven conference attendees from JPS were:

  • Cadet LTC Essence Byrd, Jim Hill High
  • Cadet SSG Jerica James, Murrah High
  • Cadet CPT Zykera Johnson, Callaway High
  • Cadet CPT Flannan Ngong, Jim Hill High
  • Cadet 1SG Akiah Smith, Forest Hill High
  • Cadet CSM Heaven Thomas, Provine High
  • Cadet LTC Ramiyah Thompson, Wingfield High

The JPS cadets were nominated by their JROTC instructors as candidates to compete for selection to attend the Youth Leadership Conference. Board members from the Jackson Chapter of MOWW reviewed resumes and conducted interviews of students from across the metro area and made selections based on demonstrated performance and interview results. MOWW covered most of the travel, lodging, and meal expenses for six of the cadets from JPS. The District paid the expenses for a seventh student to attend.

MOWW serves America's youth by hosting Youth Leadership Conference programs throughout the United States at no cost to the high school students attending. These students receive patriotic education on leadership in a free society, concepts of the free enterprise system, principles of democracy, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and civic responsibilities associated with preserving American rights and freedoms. Students also develop speaking, writing and leadership skills, which contributes to them being better citizens and future leaders.