“Don’t be bosses, be leaders,” was the central theme of the message Lt. Col. Nicholas Burke delivered to the 19 Griffin High School JROTC officer cadets during a commissioning ceremony at the high school Thursday evening.
Before the school’s newly retired senior Army instructor began his address, he took the time to acknowledge the seven-year anniversary of Sept. 11 and the members of the armed forces who are currently “in harm’s way” as a result of the attacks.
And, although there was a large audience of parents and dignitaries such as Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education Chairman Raymond Ray, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services Curtis Jones and Assistant Principal Chris Lokey present, Burke carefully focused his words on the officer cadets.
“Good leaders are made, they are not born,” he said.
Cadets commissioned during the program were Brett Prieskorn, Michell Truett, Cierra Reid, Arkera Williams, Shelbe Harry, Drew Norris, Kalee Howell, LaTara Middleton, Howie Holden, Bridgette Langley, Justiya Reid, JaRon Clinkscales, Caneshia Long, Jasmine Holland, Dontavius Wilson, Amber Lyons, Ryan Joiner, Jessica Harrell and Torious Starr.
Burke also spoke about “getting the unwilling to do the impossible” and told the officer cadets that “the excellence continues” in the Griffin High JROTC program.
In April, the school’s JROTC program scored 99 percent during its annual inspection.