Anderson County High cadets earn 14th straight unit honor

Maverick Company forms for its command inspection on March 15.
The Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps top award, the 2016-2017 Distinguished Unit Award (with Academic Honors), was awarded to Anderson County High School in April.

This is the 14th year in a row that the Mavericks have been chosen for the highest unit honor awarded by the Navy for Junior ROTC programs, and the ninth time the unit has received the award with academic honors.

The award recognizes excellence in all areas of the NJROTC program including academics, military and physical training, participation in orientation trips such as the unit’s Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade participation last December, and community service.

Congratulations to all the Navy JROTC Cadets and their Cadet leadership — Commanding Officer, Cadet/Lieutenant Commander Annabell Davis, Executive Officer, Cadet Lieutenant L.Z. Wyrick, and Operations Officer, Cadet/Lieutenant Junior Grade Annalyse Leach — on their hard work to achieve this goal.

This is not simply an ROTC award.

It recognizes the school, school system and community support which the Mavericks have again enjoyed this year. Their streak of awards is the longest in the nation, and is an award ACHS has received every year it has been eligible since its founding in 2001.

It is not only a high honor, but receipt of this award with Academic Honors allows ACHS to directly nominate Cadets for service academy appointments at West Point, Annapolis, and the Air Force Academy without requiring Congressional representative action.