Congratulations to the Baker High School JROTC Hornet Battalion, they were recently awarded a 2009 Mobile Heart of Gold award in recognition for their outstanding support of the local community. Each year Volunteer Mobile sponsors the Heart of Gold event which recognizes members of the community who take the time to volunteer through special projects. Recommendations are submitted based on volunteer projects and the hours spent outside of the classroom on these projects. The nominations are in various categories and judged by a panel of judges which consist of community leaders and area business professionals. Baker's JROTC was nominated for the youth category based on their service projects and volunteer spirit.
Pictured from left to right are Aaron Connor, Ben Cole, Timothy Powell, 1SG Willie Lewis, 1SG Keith Watts, Clem Richardson, Principal and Col. Donald Crabtree. Alexis Thompson is front/center.
To Whom It May Concern,
I am proud to write this letter to recommend Baker High School's JROTC Hornet Battalion as a nominee for your consideration of the Heart of Gold Award. I have had many opportunities over the past four years to participate in activities coordinated by these young men and women and have also had many opportunities to accompany these students on field trips, drill competitions, community involvement activities and service projects. I am extremely impressed with the dedication and commitment these students have exhibited to tasks on and off campus.
Under the leadership of two army instructors, 1Sgt. Keith Watts and 1Sgt. Willie Lewis, this amazing group of young people have grown into extraordinary young men and women. They exhibit strong leadership skills and have taken pride in their school and community. The Hornet Battalion at Baker High School is an award winning JROTC Battalion; meeting and exceeding high military and academic standards. Through their leadership training, they have also learned how to identify needs in their community and implement plans to meet these needs. Many of their projects require a commitment outside of their normal school day. These students work together before and after school. They meet on weekends and continue their commitment during the summer. They have a strong commitment to effectively setting goals. Their volunteer hours are endless. A few of these accomplishments include visiting veteran's homes, adopting a local fire department, campus beautification projects at local elementary schools, raising money for the USS Alabama and sponsoring a child for Camp Smile. Most recently, they have developed a leadership team to visit local elementary schools to aid in elementary to middle school transitioning. In this capacity, they serve as role models and demonstrate a concern for others. This also requires their commitment to meeting before and after school to prepare.
Many of the cadets involved with Baker's JROTC Hornet Battalion hold part-time jobs. Many devote additional volunteer hours to their churches and other school organizations. Their army instructors monitor academic progress and address any needs the students have. These students are held to high behavior standards. Baker's JROTC army instructors should also be commended for their commitment. They allow the students to develop projects. However, they guide them in appropriate directions and accompany their cadets on every project. They are completely devoted to this generation and lead by example. Having had the pleasure of working with this group, I feel they are very worthy of your consideration of Volunteer Mobile's Heart of Gold Award. Thank you for your consideration.
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