Aransas Pass Progress
Units of the Aransas Pass High School Jr. ROTC Program, including students from Ingleside, march in formation inside the gymnasium Wednesday, November 16, part of the annual ‘Pass in Review’ exercise these young men and women have practiced all year to be ready.
(BELOW) Aransas Pass ISD Superintendent Cara Cooke was also present, learning that in many schools nationwide that participate in a Jr. ROTC Program, a minimum of ten percent of the entire high school student body must be represented. She was pleased when Lt. Thrasher revealed the program here reflects 25 percent of the student body, well above average. “They did great,” Thrasher beamed, adding it was obvious many were very nervous, some of the youth visibly shaking.
(LEFT) Commander Rudy Hawkins, a Louisiana native and Executive Officer with the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi inspected the Jr. ROTC members who’ve been under the guidance of retired U.S. Navy Lt. Scott Thrasher (right). Hawkins, himself a former Jr. ROTC cadet, also presented select students with commendations. “It brings back memories,” Hawkins smiled, expressing gratitude for having been invited to participate in the ceremony, while acknowledging all the hard work these cadets had put into proper formation, saluting, et al. ‘It was very impressive,” the Commander remarked.