PICAYUNE — Picayune Memorial High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) will begin the new school year with Area 8 and national honors.
The school’s NJROTC was awarded “Distinguished Unit” and “Most Improved” NJROTC unit in Area 8, which includes 50 schools in a 5 state region. The last time Picayune NJROTC was awarded “Distinguished Unit” was in 2005 and it was the first time that the unit was awarded “Most Improved” unit.
The Maroon Tide NJROTC advanced to the national competition where 11 regional units competed. Picayune NJROTC placed fourth in the nation for “Most Improved” unit.
The Maroon Tide NJROTC received this national award for their dedication and service to Pearl River County and the Picayune community. The award was presented by the United States Navy League based on a recommendation from the NJROTC Area Commander and on a total point scale which measures the achievements of each unit. The Naval JROTC program in the United States and overseas comprises 11 different areas with 616 NJROTC units and over 89,000 Cadets.
Lt. Cmdr. Steve Hardin said, “The leadership and cadets of the Maroon Tide NJROTC would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the Picayune School District, American Legion Post 73, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3804. The success of the unit wouldn’t have been possible without their unprecedented support.
“The unit is excited for the 2013-2014 school year as we sail away on the USS Maroon Tide. PMHS’s theme this year is “Anchors Aweigh”, where we will be navigating the academic S.E.A.S. (Successfully Educating All Students).”