Of the approximately 266 schools throughout the nation, only the top 20% of Marine Corps JROTC programs in each region receive the recognition of being named a Naval Honor School. The Atascocita High School Program was one of only a few in Region 5, which includes Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Arkansas, selected for this unique honor.
“We are very proud of our cadets! They work very hard work all year and dedicate a tremendous amount of time to the program. We would also like to thank all teachers, staff and administrators at the high school for the outstanding support,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Justice M. Lasyone, the senior marine instructor.
The selection was based on several criteria, including cadet citizenship, number of cadets involved in student government organizations, number of cadets active in school activities and clubs, number of community service hours accumulated, number of organizations assisted by the unit, and scholastic achievements, including the number of academic awards and scholarships given to cadets.
The Atascocita High School Program accumulated 5,979 hours of community service last year and received more than $1.5 million in scholarships. The unit was also measured by participation in public affairs events, drill team competitions, rifle team competitions, physical fitness team competitions, and educational field trips.
Because of this prestigious status, the Atascocita High School program will have the opportunity to send nominations to the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, and the Military Academy at West Point. The award also provides students who have a desire to join a service academy the significant advantage of earning recommendation letters from their JROTC instructors who, under this award designation, carry just as much weight as a letter from a U.S. representative or senator.
Instructors for the JROTC program are Lasyone and Master Gunnery Sgt. Daniel Fleming.