MANCHESTER, NJ — A pair of Manchester Township High School students spent two weeks at a leadership program in Rhode Island, the district announced.
District NJROTC members Simon Trzepizur and Ja’Keveon Jones attended the two-week NJROTC Leadership Academy and Sail Training (LA/ST) in Newport, Rhode Island, June 27-July 8.
The Leadership Academy is designed to prepare juniors and seniors for leadership positions in their school’s NJROTC, the district said.
“It’s physically, emotionally and mentally demanding, but it’s a very rewarding experience,” officials said. “Only the best candidates are recommended for training.
Officials said the main goal was to prepare the cadets to be leaders for the next school year, “someone who can come in and supervise, organize and train other members of the unit.”
To complete the academy, Trzepizur and Jones had to pass a physical fitness test and a series of practical leadership activities, officials said.
Activities include “leadership characteristics for cadet officer, fitness and leader, field leadership (orienteering), obstacle course, troop command, troop inspection, the sword manual and social etiquette and good manners,” according to the academy.
The Sail Academy teaches cadets to sail small boats through theory and practical lessons, and students earn a small boat sailing certification from US Sailing or the US Naval Sailing Association.