JROTC cadets commissioned, promoted


Annual JROTC fall ceremony held at UCHS Sept. 3

Courtesy photo Blake Johnson gets promoted to Cadet Sgt.


Courtesy photo Paco Ramirez gets commissioned to Cadet Lt. Col.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times A Flu Shot Clinic will be held this Sunday at the Union First Presbyterian Church at 101 West South St., Union. The church is partnering with CVS Pharmacy offer the clinic to the public. The clinic will be held immediately following morning worship service.


Courtesy photo Cadet Lt. Col. Paco Ramirez receives the Battalion colors and accepts the duty and responsibility of Battalion Commander.


UNION COUNTY — On Sept. 3, the Union County High School (UCHS) JROTC Yellow Jacket Battalion conducted its annual fall commissioning and promotion ceremony.

In this highly prestigious celebration of excellence, exceptional and well rounded non-commissioned officers are commissioned to officer tank and current officers are promoted.

Ten Cadets were promoted during the ceremony. The cadets receiving promotions were Bobby Bedore, Ivanna Bell, Zack Lowe, Dylan Kendrick, Devon Dyer, Dillon Earls, Al’Jamir Grant, Ricky Belue, Cassie Horne, and Blake Johnson.

Two cadet officers were promoted this year:

Toni Teal is a senior. This is her fourth year in JROTC. She was promoted to the rank of Cadet Major. This year she will be taking on the duties of the Battalion XO. She was the team captain of the Academic Team. She is in HOSA, Jedi Knights, and National Honor Society. Toni is also the Color Guard commander, participating in many events carrying the American flag. Toni is also a member of Future Farmers of America and Drill Team. After completing high school she plans on going to USC Upstate to major in Nursing. Her mother Aimee Teal and her father Brian Teal pinned on her ranks.

Les Wentz is a senior. This is his fourth year in JROTC and was promoted to the rank of Cadet Captain. He will be taking on the duties of Bravo Company Commander. He was a member of the JLAB Leadership Team, the Rifle Team, and the Jedi Knights. He plays the violin in Symphony Orchestra. He is a member of National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. After high school he plans to attend Embry-Riddle School of Aeronautics to study Aerospace Engineering. His father Patrick Wentz and his grandfather Robert Wentz pinned on his ranks.

The Following Cadets were commissioned:

Francisco (Paco) Ramirez is a senior. This is his fourth year in JROTC and he is the new Union County High School JROTC Cadet Battalion Commander as Cadet Lieutenant Colonel. He’s a member of the Beta Club, National Technical Honor Society, Art Club, and Spanish Club. He was also the Jedi Knights Commander and will be the raider team commander this year. After high school, Paco plans on attending The Citadel and becoming a commissioned officer. His JROTC Instructors Command Sergeant Major Gilliam and Sergeant First Class McCullough pinned on his ranks.

Jeffery McDaniel is a senior. This is his fourth year in JROTC. He was pinned to the rank of Captain. He will be taking the duties of the Alpha Company Commander. He was a member of the Academic Team. After high school, Jeffrey plans on joining the Marine Corps and attending college during his time in service. His mother Kimberly McDaniel and his JROTC instructor Command Sergeant Major Gilliam pinned on his rank.

Skylar Senn is a junior. This is her third year in JROTC and was pinned as a First Lieutenant. She will be taking on the duties of the Battalion S-1. She is a member of National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. She was the team captain of the Leadership Team this past year and led the team to national finals. She will continue being the team captain this year. After high school, Skylar plans on attending a community college until she is eligible to attend the Police Academy in South Carolina. She plans on working her way up to the position of Detective. Her mother Susan Senn and her former Biology teacher Mrs. Farmer pinned on her rank.

Kolby Riddle is a junior. This is his third year in JROTC and was pinned as a First Lieutenant. He will be taking on the duties of the Battalion S-2 and S-3. He is a member of the Union County High School Baseball Team and a member of National Honor Society. After high school, he plans to attend the Citadel and become an officer in the Army. His mother Alice Riddle and his instructor Command Sergeant Major Gilliam pinned on his ranks.

Shelby Summers is a junior. This is her third year in JROTC and was pinned to the rank of First Lieutenant. She will be taking on the duties of the Battalion S-4. She is a member of National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, and the Rifle Team. This year, she will also take on the role of the Jedi Knights commander. She is a 2015 graduate of JCLC. After high school she plans on majoring in psychology. Her mother Lisa Summers and her father George Summers pinned on her ranks.

Sarah McGee is a junior. This is her third year in JROTC and was pinned to the rank of First Lieutenant. She will be taking on the duties of Battalion S-5. She is a member of the National Technical Honor Society, Future Farmers of America, Drill Team/Color Guard, Jedi Knights, Leadership Team, and she is the captain of the Rifle Team. She is also a 2015 graduate of JCLC. After high school she plans on attending the Naval Academy for a degree in Political Science. Her father Robbie McGee and her uncle Captain Johnny Seigler pinned on her ranks.

This story was written by Cadet 1st Lt. Sarah McGee of the Union County High School JROTC.

Courtesy photo Blake Johnson gets promoted to Cadet Sgt.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_100_29071.jpgCourtesy photo Blake Johnson gets promoted to Cadet Sgt.

Courtesy photo Paco Ramirez gets commissioned to Cadet Lt. Col.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_100_29281.jpgCourtesy photo Paco Ramirez gets commissioned to Cadet Lt. Col.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times A Flu Shot Clinic will be held this Sunday at the Union First Presbyterian Church at 101 West South St., Union. The church is partnering with CVS Pharmacy offer the clinic to the public. The clinic will be held immediately following morning worship service.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_100_29551.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times A Flu Shot Clinic will be held this Sunday at the Union First Presbyterian Church at 101 West South St., Union. The church is partnering with CVS Pharmacy offer the clinic to the public. The clinic will be held immediately following morning worship service.

Courtesy photo Cadet Lt. Col. Paco Ramirez receives the Battalion colors and accepts the duty and responsibility of Battalion Commander.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_100_29591.jpgCourtesy photo Cadet Lt. Col. Paco Ramirez receives the Battalion colors and accepts the duty and responsibility of Battalion Commander.
Annual JROTC fall ceremony held at UCHS Sept. 3

This story was written by Cadet 1st Lt. Sarah McGee of the Union County High School JROTC.

This story was written by Cadet 1st Lt. Sarah McGee of the Union County High School JROTC.

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