UNION, NJ – Three Union High School JROTC cadets took home top honors last week at the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC) at Fort Devens, Massachusetts.

Twenty-four students from the Union High School Army JROTC Program were among the 307 cadets from various schools and states who participated in the challenge.

“The purpose of JCLC is to provide cadets with physically and mentally challenging opportunity to synthesize JROTC leadership principles learned in the classroom in a practical military setting,” said Union High School Senior Army Instructor Colonel Walter L. Alvarado (retired).  “Our cadets performed at an exceptionally high level and once again distinguished themselves as evidenced by the awards they earned at JCLC.”

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Union High School cadets took the top three camp positions.  For the fourth consecutive year, a Union High School cadet won Camp Honor Graduate.  Cadet Adnan Oudeh ranked No. 1 out of 307 cadets.  The Camp Honor Graduate recognizes the Cadet for motivation, discipline, knowledge and leadership as voted by the camp Cadre.  

Cadet Anthony Steitz ranked No. 2 (Company Honor Graduate) and Cadet Benjamin Brett ranked No. 3 (Company Honor Graduate). 

Additional honors and awards went to:

     Cadet Daniel Alvarez - Platoon Honor Graduate

     Cadets Izabella Ksiazek and Nikita McKinnon - Platoon Spirit Award    

     Cadets Catherine Barbosa and Sophia DelRosario - Most Improved Cadet Awards. 

     Cadets Ronaya Moore and Taylor Phillips won athletic competition medals.

“Our cadets were placed in various leadership positions leading boys and girls from other schools,” said Alvarado.  “The feedback we received from the cadre was a positive reflection of our cadets' outstanding performance across the board.”

“Our cadets used this camp to advance their leadership development, gained valuable confidence in themselves and made friends from other schools - a truly enriching multi-cultural experience.”


Alvarado said previous camp honor graduates include Cadet Francisco Estrada IV (2017), Cadet Usama Sajjad (2016) and Cadet Frantz Jedone (2015).  

Cadet Adnan Oudeh will serve as the Battalion Commander for the Union High School Army JROTC Battalion.  He is a member of the National Honor Society.  He plans to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point after graduation from high school.