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JROTC Students Excel at Cadet Leadership Course
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

From June 12 until June 18, students from all Lincoln-Way High School Junior ROTC programs attended a Cadet Leadership Course at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.

Cadets went through physical training and leadership skills sessions, worked on team-building skills and participated in a career day.

Lincoln-Way students at the camp made up twenty cadets of nearly 140 students from five states in attendance.

"Our students did such an impressive job representing Lincoln-Way at Scott Air Force Base," Master Sergeant Dan Schliffka stated. "The cadets excelled in all areas. With the over 17 schools in attendance, the selection for leadership positions is competitive. Our cadets were chosen for four of the ten Flight Commanders, and they brought home a striking number of awards."

Schliffka added that the students took their own time to prepare for the course months in advance.

Students who attended from Lincoln-Way were: Tim Lutz, James Ingram, Eion Hurley, Brock Salgado, Sina Maiberger, Jacob Floyd, Teresa Kozak, Brett Rainbolt, Skye Brugler, Maddy Willson, Jade Espinoza, Dustin Haven, Destiny Lyons, Matt Butler, Gus Morales, Jared Bachman, Kenny Smith, Patrick Murphy, Anthony Grande and Kelli Razny. The two instructors in attendance were Master Sergeant Dan Schliffka and Master Sergeant Dale Steen.

Lutz, Espinoza and Kozak were the top cadet distinguished graduates, with Lutz earning the overall Top Cadet award. Maiberger and Lyons received awards for top uniform inspection, as well as recognition for top room inspection. Murphy, Bachman and Butler were selected as guides for the graduation ceremony while Kozak, Espinoza, Haven and Razny were chosen as flight commanders.

"I learned many valuable lessons during my time at the Cadet Leadership Course," states Cadet Teresa Kozak. "The most valuable of which is that, when working together, no matter what personal differences or petty grievances you may have, you must set them aside and sacrifice your personal desires for the sake of the team."