Washingtonville High School JROTC Cadets Visit the State Capitol
The JROTC cadets of Washingtonville High School headed north on 10 – 11 May 2019, for an educational trip to the Saratoga National Historical Park, the New York State Capitol, and the USS Slater. The first stop was a guided tour of the Battles of Saratoga. It was a little cool and wet, but the tour was great. Cadet Michael Carey said, “To learn about the Battles of Saratoga in school, and then see it first hand as our guide took us through it, really gave us a greater appreciation of what happened and how important it was to us as a country.” The next stop was the State Capitol. New York Senator James Skoufis, and his office, setup an amazing tour of the Capitol. Sophomore, Shane Fuentecilla, stated, “this was my favorite part of the trip. To see all the details and beauty of our State Capitol is something I will always remember. Plus, to be granted access to the Senate floor was a little surreal.” After leaving the Capitol, the cadet enjoyed a little time at an indoor rock climbing gym. Then the cadets headed to the USS Slater on the Hudson River. Upon arrival they were given a tour of the ship and given some free time to explore the vessel. The Army JROTC Senior Army Instructor, Colonel Michael Brockway identified that, “the cadets really enjoyed hearing about and seeing the history of the ship. For them to be able to say that they slept aboard the USS Slater is something they will not forget anytime soon.” After a long day the cadets retired to their bunks at lights out. The following morning, they enjoyed a quick breakfast and then loaded the bus for an hour drive north to Six Flags Great Escape. The weather was good, the lines were short, and the food nostalgic. The day closed with the drive back to Washingtonville. The cadets are now looking forward to sponsoring the Spring Blood Drive in the high school library on May 21st. This is the same day and location (Washingtonville High School) as the School Budget Vote. The hope is that the community comes out to vote and then donates blood. Additionally, the cadets are looking forward to marching in the Washingtonville Memorial Day Parade on May 27th.
See more pictures and other great stories in this week’s Orange County Post