Fort Benning Trip
During Summer Vacation 2017 Cadets visited the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning, and the Naval Civil War Museum in Columbus. Both of these sites are the only ones of their type in the United States. Visiting Columbus State University on the way home made for a great trip, and an amazing experience.
Veteran Appreciation Day
The Allatoona NJROTC Cadets had the privilege of assisting during the City of Acworth 2017 Memorial Day Service at Cauble Park. Cadets assisted veterans at the service and then had lunch with them. The Cadets listened to some fascinating stories the veterans had to share. We are very grateful for their service and appreciate the time we spent with them.
Horizon Field Baseball & Kickball
As part of the Cadets' community service they volunteer their time to be buddies with special needs children at the Horizon Field which is located at the Acworth Sports Complex. The Cadets help out with both Special Needs Baseball and Kickball. The Cadets help the players with batting and running the bases and then going in the outfield to play defense. Both the Cadets and kids learn so much from each other and they all have a great time.
2016-2017 Awards Night
As the 2016-17 year ended the Cadets gathered to celebrate a successful year. Cadets received medals and ribbons based on their personal achievement. The graduating seniors were recognized and everyone thanked Commander Cole for all he has done leading the Unit. It was a great night!
AHS 2017 Honors Night
The Color Guard presented the colors for the AHS Honors Night Ceremony. Students were awarded scholarships and special recognition from their teachers and administration. Congrats to R. Valero and K. Owens (members of color guard) on their awards and setting a great example for our school and unit!
2017 Relay for Life
The 2017 Relay For Life event at the Jim Miller Park was a great success, even in the rain. This year was special because one of our own cadets fought cancer and won. We enjoy participating in this annual event, and look forward to it again next year!
Allatoona Creek Park Workday
Cadets enjoyed cleaning off the trails and preparing new ones. We enjoy helping the community, and this event is a great way to show it.
Area 12 2017 Orienteering Championship
The orienteering team competed at the Area 12 Championship, which includes the NJROTC units from Georgia and northern Florida.
2017 Military Ball
Allatoona cadets had a blast at the 2017 Military Ball with Kennesaw Mountain NJROTC. The night kicked off with the color guard, and cadets enjoyed a dinner catered by Ruth Chris Steakhouse, senior recognition, and royalty announcements. Congratulations to our graduating seniors: Cole and Valero. Congratulations also to Yetman and Keeler for being crowned King and Queen, and to Berry and Peach for being crowned Prince and Princess. Everyone had a great time!
Allatoona Color Guard at Kennesaw State
The Allatoona Color Guard was invited to perform at Kennesaw State University. The cadets did an outstanding job in presenting and honoring our nation's colors.
Cadets went to McKenna Farms, a horse farm for the special needs children. They helped out by raking up hay and cleaning up after the horses. We are happy to help the community by visiting McKenna Farms regularly.
Allatoona Creek Park Workday
Cadets attended Allatoona Creek and helped clean up the trails and the surrounding areas. We regularly visit there to help create new trails and maintain the existing ones. Our community is very important to us and we are always eager to help them out.
Kennesaw Mountain Trail Club
Cadets from Allatoona visited Kennesaw Mountain and participated in the trail club they have there. Cadets cleaned up the trails and the surrounding areas. They removed boulders on the trails that would have been otherwise hazardous to hikers.
Georgia Navigator Cup Orienteering Meet
The orienteering team competed in the Georgia Orienteering Navigator Cup in Gainesville, GA. Over 400 competitors from all over the U.S. and Canada traveled to compete in this highly competitive meet.
Cadets visited North Cobb High School, where they competed in a brain brawl (academic) competition. They were faced with a series of challenging questions that they had to answer before the opposing team did. It was a fun learning experience for the Hillgrove brain brawl where we placed 5th.
Grace Community Church Dinner
Cadets went to Grace Community Church where a formal Christmas dinner was held. We waited tables and helped prepare the meals that were served to everyone. It was a fun and new experience for most of the cadets and hopefully we will have many more opportunities like this one in the future.
2016 Kennesaw Christmas Parade
Allatoona NROTC participated in the Kennesaw Christmas Parade. Cadets got into the Christmas spirit and decorated the trailer and LCDR's truck. Afterwards they handed out candy to kids and adults. This event was a great experience for the unit.
2016 Parris Island Trip
Allatoona NJROTC teamed up with Kennesaw Mountain NJROTC and went to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, in Parris Island, South Carolina. Cadets experienced what it was like to be a Marine Corps recruit. They were met by an intimidating yet motivational drill instructor. The drill instructor had the cadets attend a graduation ceremony consisting of over 600 newly enlisted Marines. It was a learning experience for sure.
Covering the Bases
Covering the Bases is an Acworth based fundraiser that was started to raise money for the construction and maintenance of handicap accessible playgrounds and sports fields. This event happens annually. It starts in the evening and goes until the next morning at 7:00 am. During the event, cadets and other community members participate in a kickball tournament, walk the bases of the softball field, and have a good time the remainder of the night to generate money for the fundraiser.
Marine Corps Counsel Meeting
Cadets (from left to right) Jacobs, Yetman, Griffith, Lewis, and McRae, A. went to the Marine Corps Counsel meeting to personally thank General Shortal for donating to our unit as well as allowing us the opportunity to attend Basic Leadership Training, and for those select few to attend Leadership Academy.