JROTC is a program where students learn important leadership skills and build character through different military activities and training techniques. This program has been a part of Mount Juliet High School since 1995 and has continued to accomplish great things.
The club's members have physical training after school and 5k runs along with workouts during class. They have a physical fitness test (PFT) every so often in which case the students can achieve the Black Shirt or Gold Shirt.
The Black Shirt is the highest accomplishment possible through achieving a certain score on the PFT. Students are scored based on their mile time and the amount of push ups and crunches done in a certain amount of time.
One pull up is worth 10 points, and the amount of crunches done in two minutes is worth two points each.
In the history of JROTC, a girl has never earned the black shirt. That all changed after freshmen girls Ava Trahan, Julia Pitt, Jessie Pitt and Katelyn Stake along with junior Haley Survey obtained high enough scores.
“I feel very accomplished. I’m really proud of it because it takes a lot of effort and time, and I’m really amazed that I worked my way up to achieving it,” Ava Trahan told the Golden Bear Gazette.
The black shirts are a huge honor to both JROTC and Mount Juliet High. These girls will continue to walk the hallways expressing the ultimate bear pride!