WASD Spartans Participate in ROTC Program

Wyomissing Area Spartans Participate in ROTC Program
Posted on 10/29/2021
ROTC Program Taking advantage of community ties and building relationships between schools, Wyomissing Area is fortunate to partner with Wilson School District to provide Wyomissing Area students the opportunity to participate in the JROTC program at Wilson High School.

This partnership allows Wyomissing Area students the opportunity to step outside of their comfort zone and experience new opportunities through the program. Currently, there are seven students from Wyomissing Area that participate in the JROTC program. The students travel to Wilson High School for the beginning portion of the school day to participate and resume their traditional coursework at Wyomissing Area when they return mid-morning. Utilizing elective spaces in student schedules allows for the flexibility to provide this program.

The JROTC program is designed to teach high school students the value of citizenship, leadership, service to the community, personal responsibility, and a sense of self-esteem, accomplishment, teamwork, and self-discipline. Students at Wyomissing Area have chosen to do this program for many of these reasons.

Harper Ostrich, a ninth-grade student, says “I chose to do JROTC for many reasons, but more specifically, because I grew up watching my father work in the Air Force. I wanted to bring citizens in our small community and beyond a better sense and representation of patriotism.” While the JROTC program can help prepare students for a career in the military, it also does so much more. Wyomissing Area student Tad Sincavage states: “I’ve been able to meet so many new people that I wouldn’t have met without JROTC. The first sergeant and major are amazing people and are willing to help us with anything.”

The partnership with Wilson School District has allowed Wyomissing Area students the opportunity to join a valuable program that would not be available to them otherwise. We are thankful that students get to meet new people, learn from new teachers, and experience a new and unique learning environment. The JROTC program is something the students take pride in participating in and we are excited to see this opportunity grow.