Tuesday, April 23, 2013

History lessons in Nation's Capital for JROTC students

Living American history and how to share that knowledge with their peers was the topic when JROTC students from throughout the district spent a recent week in Washington, D.C. at the invitation of a veterans group.

The JROTC at Capitol students visited the U.S Capitol (sponsored by Congresswoman Susan Davis), the U.S. Supreme Court, Library of Congress, Arlington National Cemetery, the U.S Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Smithsonian Museums, the White House and the home of George Washington in Mt Vernon, Va.

The educational trip, sponsored and fully-funded by the Military Order of World Wars is conducted each year by a selection panel of military veterans. This year’s trip centered on student-to-student teaching techniques as each cadet researched and presented assigned historical sites, monuments and figures.

Students attending were: Samantha Bui, Mira Mesa High; Jessica Plein, Patrick Henry High; Emanuel Baeza, Madison High; Erica Santo-Domingo, Scripps Ranch High; Melissa Ly, Pt. Loma High; Junelle Aquino, Serra High; DeShawn Walker, Hoover High; Julia Sterling, San Diego High; and Shannon Douangsavanh, Lincoln High.

Leadership, citizenship responsibilities and key American historical events were discussed by the students in group settings; throughout the trip students were assessed for their leadership qualities, participation and subject knowledge by members of the Military Order of World Wars.

For more information on the program, contact David Guzman, JROTC Program Manager, at dguzman1@sandi.net.