FORT DEVENS, MA – Twenty-five Union High School Army JROTC cadets were challenged physically and mentally when they attended the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC) "Camp Patriot" from June 23-27 at Fort Devens, Massachusetts.   JCLC, a US Army-sponsored camp, helps cadets get hands-on leadership experience and learn the importance of teamwork.  Union High School Senior Army Instructor Colonel Walter L. Alvarado (retired) said the program helps build confidence in the cadet’s own abilities as well as gain trust and confidence in their teammates.

Alvarado said cadets are kept busy.   They are required to participate in aquatics, land navigation, rappelling, obstacle course, leadership reaction course and athletic events.  A typical day begins at 6:00 a.m. with bunk inspection and ends at 10:00 p.m. after the completion of the evening's athletic events.   Over 400 cadets attend Camp Patriot from over 15 schools from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Ten cadets from Union High School Army JROTC were recognized by the camp cadre for their superior leadership, discipline and motivation.  These included Izabella Ksiazek, Sebastian Vanauken, Michelle Tan, Natasha Dorcely, Valentína Estupinan, Karen Cuesta, Isaiah Alviola, Hallie Criollo, Britney Fils and Anthony Lima. 

“We are extremely proud of all cadets as they represented Union High School and its JROTC program exceptionally well,” said Alvarado.  “There is a general expectation from the US Army cadre that Union High School cadets are well-prepared to apply superior leadership, discipline, motivation and teamwork.  During JCLC 2019 Union High School cadets exceeded those expectations.”