NHS Cadets complete school

Published 7:00 pm Saturday, July 21, 2012

Fayetteville State University Cadet Officer Leadership School graduates for 2012 include (front row, from left) Matt Porter, Matt Smith, (back row, from left) Dustin Taylor, Dalton Cooke, Dale Russ and Amy Soto. (BCS Photo)

YEATESVILLE — Six cadets from Northside High School’s Air Force JROTC program recently graduated from the Fayetteville State University Cadet Officer Leadership School.
The school emphasizes leadership, team-building, analytical thinking skills, self-discipline, drill skills and physical fitness.
More than 330 cadets from across North Carolina participated in this six-day summer leadership program. The cadets began each day before 4 a.m. with pushups, sit-ups and a mile run. The day ended with team sport competitions in the evening and lights-out at 9:15 p.m. In between, cadets faced a challenging and demanding training schedule that included survival academics, drill and ceremonies, physical fitness, scuba-diving training, rappelling, a five-mile forced march and team sports.
Each cadet was given an academic test, physical-fitness test and a drill evaluation. The week culminated with a field-day competition between the flights. Cadet Matt Smith, a rising sophomore at Northside, received top honors as the member of Honor Flight.