Set to embark on its 10th year, Leander ISD’s Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Course is celebrating its recent success, including completing nearly 6,000 community service hours.

Four cadets earned a $200,000 Navy ROTC scholarship, three of which were awarded to seniors Brendan Davies, Rebecca Kirby and Kenneth Smith to attend Texas A&M University. The fourth scholarship is for senior Jeremy Stahn to attend Huston-Tillotson and cross-enroll at UT-Austin for the NROTC program. The scholarships  are unique in that Navy JROTC curriculum offers its students both a college and a CTE career path.

The LISD NJROTC program also earned the “Distinguished Unit with Academic Honors” designation. Given to the top 30 percent of units in the area, the selection is based on academic performance, military proficiency and overall host school support.    

In addition, the Air Rifle Team finished 6th at the NJROTC State Air Rifle state championship, while the CyberPatriot Team advanced to the national semi-finals of the international CyberPatriot competition.

“I am proud to be at the helm of a program that supports the future goals, dreams and ambitions of LISD students.” Commander Rick Hamblet said. “While it is nice to reflect on past accomplishments, our focus remains on the future and with providing opportunities for every member of our program to grow as individuals.”