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Stephanie Raper
In the Loop Editor

What does it take to be a cadet in the Grenada High School Naval National Defense Cadet Corps/NJROTC?



GHS students who wish to participate in the GHS NNDCC must wear a uniform once a week, undergo a physical exam, and a physical fitness test. Male cadets are also required to submit to an approved haircut. Chapter cadets also practice at least two hours a day, five days a week. During these practices, they undergo Personnel Inspection, Armed Basic/Exhibition Drill, Unarmed Basic/Exhibition Drill, Color Guard, Academic Exam, and PT (physical training). There are 55 cadets enrolled in the program.

All this practice prepares the cadets for local events where they complete community service, meet and greet the public, show the colors of the school and also the colors of the State and the Nation. Cadets recently made appearances at the Grenada town square, Grenada Head Start, and Grenada Upper Elementary for Veteran’s Day ceremonies. They also recently performed at the Grenada Christmas Parade.


Local performances and appearances aren’t the only thing cadets work towards. They also attend drill meets with other chapters of cadets. Students have attended two drills so far this year. At the second drill meet, held in Vicksburg, Mississippi, the team brought home not one but two trophies – a first place in Tug of War and a third place for Armed Exhibition. These trophies were the first trophies earned by the group in six years, and the first, first-place trophy earned in nine years. The cadets have not rested on their laurels; however, they attended a third drill meet on December 7. While the cadets did not place at the event, they competed against the top NNDCC/NJROTC chapters in the state, gaining valuable experience. Cadets also had a chance to meet and communicate with the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON), Mike Stevens. Stevens’ rank is the highest enlisted rank in the Navy. He is only the thirteenth person to hold that title. Congratulations to the cadets at GHS for their recent wins and hard work!


Grenada School District students and employees will be released from classes from December 23, 2013 – January 6, 2014 for Christmas holidays. Before students and faculty can enjoy the break, however, they have to make it through the next three days of exams. Everyone has worked extremely hard to make it to the halfway point of the school year, and now the time has come to show what has been accomplished. Many students will return after the break to new semester classes, while others will step back into the same year-long class. After the holiday, faculty and students alike will buckle down and continue preparing for SATP testing and retesting which begins in March.
The Grenada School District hopes all of its students, faculty, and staff enjoy their well-deserved break and return rejuvenated and ready to tackle the second semester of the 2013 – 2014 school year.