CNHS Navy Junior ROTC Unit Named “Most Outstanding NJROTC Unit” in Area 4
Colts Neck High School’s Navy Junior ROTC Unit has earned recognition as the NJROTC Area 4 “Most Outstanding NJROTC Unit” for the 2018-2019 school year. This award recognizes Colts Neck as the number one unit out of 54 NJROTC Units located in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Spain, and Italy. This is the third time the unit received this honor, having previously been selected in 2016 and 2017.
It has been a remarkable year of achievements for the ROTC Unit. Colts Neck’s cadets completed 10,300 hours of community service hours for the local area and school. In addition, many of the cadets excelled at their academic studies. Cadet Battalion Commanding Officer Nicole Dado has accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy. Along with that appointment, she was also offered an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Navy NROTC Scholarship to Yale University. Nicole will matriculate at the Naval Academy in June.
Cadet William Dean, also one of the cadet leaders, was offered Navy ROTC and Army ROTC Scholarships to Texas A&M University and the University of South Carolina. William has chosen to accept the Navy's offer at Texas A&M and will become an Aggie later this year.
Other cadets receiving support for their college studies are Liam Hughes and Michael Fluck. Both of these young men are benefitting from a five-year program that the Navy instituted called the Presidential NROTC Preparatory (PNP) Scholarship. Universities have volunteered to provide a full scholarship to accepted students for their first year of studies. Students have to maintain a certain GPA during their first year and if the student meets those requirements, the Navy will provide a ROTC Scholarship for the student's remaining four years of studies. Liam Hughes will attend SUNY Maritime University and Mike Fluck will attend the University of Arizona on these scholarships.
The Colts Neck NJROTC cadets also participate in a number of extra-curricular teams, all of which placed high in national competitions. Most notably, the cadets who competed in the athletic portion of the recent National Academic, Athletic, and Drill Championship, captured first place in that competition.
The program’s supervisor, Major Gregory Penczak, USMC(Ret), credits the group’s success to the great cadet leadership and dedication to the unit.
“We can all be very proud of our cadets who have made our school name recognized throughout our nation. Most Outstanding recognition has placed us among the top 12 NJROTC Units in the world,” Major Penczak said.