CNHS Navy Junior ROTC Unit Named "Most Outstanding NJROTC Unit" in the United States
Colts Neck High School’s Navy Junior ROTC Unit has earned recognition as the “Most Outstanding Unit” in the United States for the 2018-2019 school year. This award recognizes Colts Neck as the top unit in the country, a designation they earned for their outstanding scores in their annual military inspection, school support, and countless hours of community service. In addition, Colts Neck was selected as the NJROTC Area 4 “Most Outstanding NJROTC Unit” for the third time.
The award-winning unit is 191 members strong. This year the unit completed 10,309 hours of services to communities throughout the Freehold Regional High School District. That equates to 55 community service hours per cadet. In addition, many of the cadets excelled at their academic studies, receiving distinguished awards and scholarship offerings. The group’s extracurricular teams have also shined this school year while competing at the national level. At the 2019 Navy National Academic, Athletic, and Drill Championship in Pensacola, Florida in April, Colts Neck’s NJROTC finished 11th overall with a first place in athletics. At the Navy JROTC Orienteering National Championship in Los Angeles, California in February, Colts Neck finished 5th in the nation.
“We are very proud of our cadets and our instructors, this achievement is the culmination of years of hard work, sacrifice and a commitment to serve the community. Our cadets can take pride in the fact that their countless hours of community service, the 7:00 am training sessions, and the time spent at competitions have allowed them to be recognized as the best in the country,” Principal Brian Donahue said.
Superintendent of Schools Charles Sampson said, “The recognition of the Colts Neck High School Navy Junior ROTC as the number one program in the nation is a culmination of years of tremendous work by our faculty, student, and parent communities. These young men and women embody service, academic excellence, and integrity. We are incredibly proud of all of their accomplishments.”
The Freehold Regional High School District’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps Magnet Program is a four-year leadership and character development program housed at Colts Neck High School. The mission of the NJROTC Magnet Program is to instill in students the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment. The hallmark of our unit are the values of citizenship and service to the community upon which students individually build a foundation of trust and leadership. The NJROTC Instructors build cadets' individual self-confidence and leadership abilities to enable them to succeed and excel, individually and collectively.
Colts Neck cadets achieve their educational objectives by working within the framework of a military-style organization that offers them opportunities for travel to interesting destinations, as well as participation in unique extracurricular activities and numerous community service events. Individual cadets are encouraged to seek and attain promotions to military ranks that will enable them to achieve the levels of individual responsibilities they desire.