Monday, May 2, 2011

JROTC Cadets Visit Valley Forge, Philadelphia, Washington DC

JROTC cadets from various district high schools recently returned from the Freedoms Foundation Valley Forge/Washington D.C. Leadership Conference with a greater sense of awareness and appreciation of the principles and responsibilities of a free and democratic society. The educational trip, sponsored and fully-funded by the Military Order of World Wars (MOWW) included a stay at the Freedoms Foundation's 85-acre campus in historic Valley Forge, PA and culminated with a visit to Washington DC.

The trip started at the Freedoms Foundation Conference where students discussed Leadership, American Government and History. During the conference students were assessed and recognized for their leadership qualities, participation and subject knowledge. The quality of our San Diego Unified students was truly demonstrated as they were awarded the top honors in three of the five Leadership Award categories.

The cadets completed their time in Pennsylvania with a trip to Philadelphia where they visited Independence Hall to see where the Declaration of Independence and US Constitution were signed.

JROTC in DCIn Washington D.C., the cadets toured Mt. Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery, the Air and Space Museum and the National Archives where they saw the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. Highlights of the trip included a tour of the Pentagon and chat with Vice Chief and SGM of the Army; a personal tour of the Capitol by Congressman Brian Bilbray’s staff that included the House Chamber; and breakfast with Senator Dianne Feinstein.

This year's Valley Forge attendees were: Samantha Nguyen, Mira Mesa HS; Jennifer Tu Doan,Patrick Henry HS; Christopher Reyes and Darius Pinckney, Mission Bay HS; Bryan Salinas and Jenny Chan, Scripps Ranch HS, Joanna Ibay, Morse HS; and Thang Hin, Madison HS.

For more information, contact LTC David Guzman, Program Manager JROTC/Military Sciences, at (858) 496-8203 or in DC