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JPS JROTC Cadets and Scholars Attend West Point’s Leadership, Ethics and Diversity in STEM Workshop

February 11, 2022

West Point Military Academy Workshop
West Point Military Academy Workshop
West Point Military Academy Workshop
West Point Military Academy Workshop

Nearly 100 Jackson Public Schools JROTC Cadets, along with 30 JPS scholars from Powell Middle School, participated in the West Point Society of Jackson’s Leadership, Ethics, and Diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Workshop in late January at the Mississippi eCenter @ Jackson State University (JSU) and Powell Middle School. The annual event is a collaborative effort between the West Point Society of Mississippi, Jackson Public Schools JROTC, the JSU Computational Chemistry Center, the JSU Engineering and Military Science Departments, and the West Point Diversity Inclusion and Equal Opportunity Office at West Point, NY.

The workshop is designed to inspire scholars to become STEM-component leaders of character. Adult participants are provided professional development experience in leadership ethics and informed about strategies and opportunities in the military.

Special guests included:

  • Laketia Marshall-Thomas, Assistant Superintendent of High Schools, Jackson Public Schools
  • Ms. Pat Locke, Seeds of Humanity, and grantor of numerous scholarships to our cadets
  • Helen Michelle Brown-Dowdell CEO of Mobility Unlimited Technology Worldwide and Founder of The Wheeldestrian Foundation
  • Lisa Benitez, Chief Diversity Officer, Officer of Diversity Inclusion and Equal Opportunity, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY
  • Ashby Foote, Member, Jackson City Council, Ward 1 and a member of the West Point Society of Mississippi
  • Reggie Fulwood, President, West Point Society of Mississippi
  • Shonda Allen, Associate Director, Jackson State University, Interdisciplinary Center of Nanotoxicity
  • /LTC retired. Dexter Brookins, Bureau Director of JROTC for the Mississippi Department of Education
  • All JROTC Cadre from COL Perry, Lanier High School, LTC Wallace, Wingfield High School, LTC Leonard, Jim Hill High School, LTC Parker, Callaway High School, LTC Prowell, Forest Hill High School, MAJ Morton, Murrah High School, MAJ Magee, Provine High School, Chief Terry, Powell Middle School, DAI Staff and all of our outstanding scholars West Point cadets and JROTC Cadets.

“The opportunity to come to West Point is an opportunity that a lot of minority kids don’t know about. Obviously, it’s not the only path you can take; but, it’s an opportunity to change your life. If the opportunity is there, I would always encourage it,” said 1LT Brandon Cromwell, Southwest Regional Diversity Officer. “This is the time for you to figure out what type of leader you are, your 5-year plan, and what you want to do in the future. So, focus.”