From the Chairman
ROTC End of the Year Awards and JSSP Postal Match
The ROTC/JROTC Program is a National Program that has Year End Award Medals sponsored by the American Legion Posts for the programs in your area. Most of the programs supported are from the High Schools with the Bronze Medal given to the top two Cadets chosen by the JROTC Program Senior Instructor. The Scholastic Medal and the Military Excellence Medal are usually presented at the Year End Award Ceremony or Military Ball. These medals are mandated by Congress, therefore the upper-class medals, either Silver or Gold are not given to the high schools because these medals are worn on the Cadet Uniform and are not authorized to be interchangeable. It’s ideal to have our Legionnaires attend the Award Programs to give the medals in person, however, during the COVID-19 pandemic last year and perhaps this year, the programs have been done virtually. Additionally, the Department of Florida has a Cadet of the Year Award for the High Schools. The deadline for the Applications is March 1st and can only have one submitted per school by the Senior Instructor. This is a Scholarship Award of $2,500, 1st Place; $1,500, 2nd Place; $1,000, 3rd Place and $500, 4th Place that is presented at the Deptartment Convention. This information and the application are on the Department website.
The JSSP Postal Match had a very low response this year due to the schools in the majority of Florida were on a virtual or split participation with very limited or no afterschool activities due to restrictions. The results for the First Qualifying Round highest score for the State of Florida National JSSP Tournament recognizes top Sporter Team: Sarasota Military Academy sponsored by Post 266; Precision Top Individual, Sophia Olazabal from Sarasota Military Academy and Sporter Top Individual, Adriana Ramos from Vanguard NJROTC sponsored by Post 27. Recognition Awards are sent from the National Headquarters to the Post for presentation to the recipients. Congratulations to our Team State Sporter Winners and our two Individual Winners. Also, many thanks to Post 27 and Post 266 for your sponsorship and continued support of our Legion Youth Programs. I would also like to give a special thanks to the Team Coaches, Riess Pellegrino with the Sarasota Military Academy and LCDR Davis with the Vanguard NJROTC Program. It takes a lot of work and effort to travel with the teams especially during these times of the pandemic with restrictions and protocol at the highest level in place. Good luck to all our competitors for the 2nd Round Postal Qualifications. The deadline for targets due back to CMP is April 1st. The top fifteen (15) Finalists in each Category, Sporter and Precision will advance to the National JSSP Competition held July 21st through 24th.