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On Tuesday, the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps at Lexington Senior High School held its annual traditional Multicultural Thanksgiving Feast that showcases the different nationalities of the students.

"The ultimate pot luck," is how LSHS Senior JROTC Instructor Lt. Col. Paul Brown referred to the event that he experienced for the first time. Brown succeeded Lt. Col. Ivan Padial, who retired at the end of the last school year.

"Today we give thanks and share our favorite dishes from home," Brown said. "We all come from different backgrounds and cultures. All some people know is soul food, or Mexican food, or pasta and more pasta, and that's just what they eat week to week, year to year and never experience some of the tastiest dishes you could imagine. So every year we ask the cadets to bring in and share some of these great family masterpieces and who knows, maybe some of them will share a few recipes."

Cadets, family members and staff had the chance to eat some of the traditional dishes from Mexican, Asian, El Salvadoran and American nationalities, for example.

"Additionally, the luncheon promotes a family atmosphere within the school where former cadets, current cadets, faculty and staff all come together and just give thanks for our many blessings and show some love for each other. You just can't beat a good hearty meal of sampling so many dishes. It's a good pause to give thanks and realize everyday is a blessing," Brown said.

Cadet Lt. Col. and LSHS senior, Uriel Reyes, said the feast is a great experience. Not only for the cadets, but also for the teachers and staff, Reyes said.

"You're experiencing not just one culture, but many cultures," he said.


JROTC Color Guard does a honoring service for men and women at church
Blake Miller,Uriel Reyes,Kelly Villa,Freedom Johnson, Gerado Juan Juarez

JROTC Colorguard honors veterans at veterans appreciation night at LSHS basketball game on December 1st 2016.  
Bottom pic (From left to right): Cadet Corporal KeAndra Johnson, Cadet Sergeant Liliana Chavez, Cadet Second Lieutenant Allen Yang, Cadet Corporal Aubrey Campbell, Cadet Corporal Maria Rodriguez, Cadet Corporal Ashley Smith 

JROTC lends a big hand to Special Olympics at the YMCA
Cadets say the experience was fun and they were honored to volunteer for the Special Olympics

LSHS JROTC 9/11 Memorial
Lexington Senior High School JROTC Cadets in the 9/11 memorial, Cadet Battalion Commander Uriel Reyes 

Raising the flag, Cadet Blake Miller on the right,Battalion Commander Uriel Reyes Left

By Cadet Thirong Sath

Published: Thursday,October, 2, 2014

LSHS JROTC lends a hand to lower grades

Deneesha Edwards/The Dispatch

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Lexington Senior High School JROTC cadet Juan Benitez (far left) reads with Pickett Elementary School first-grader Alexis Chavez on Wednesday as Giavonni You, another first-grader, looks on beside his mentor, Sam Bush, another cadet. Eighteen JROTC cadets visit the school on a weekly basis to help the elementary students.

By Deneesha Edwards
The Dispatch

Published: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 4:14 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 4:14 p.m.

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Cadets with the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps at Lexington Senior High School are truly supporting a fundamental belief — “I am my brother's or sister's keeper.”

For the past five years, the group has been helping elementary students from all over the city school system in a movement called Project Share, where they share their talent and knowledge with the younger students.

“The students mentor them and help them overcome challenges,” said Lt. Col. Ivan Padial, the JROTC senior Army instructor. “They help with reading, math and whatever the teacher needs. Over the years, it's been going well.”

This semester the students are posted at Pickett Elementary School.

“We love it when they come,” said Gina Spencer, principal of Pickett. “It's good for our children. The influence these guys have on our kids is wonderful. The kids enjoy it and look forward to it.”

Last year the cadets were at Charles England. The goal is to switch schools every semester to have a chance to reach the young children at all of the elementary schools in the system.

“The kids enjoy it and see progress with the young students because they are with the same one the whole time,” Padial said. “They get to see where the student starts and see how they progress. They're able to feel good about themselves because they're passing down their knowledge. They're positive role models for our children, and this gives them something to look up to.”

Cadet Lt. Col. Sam Bush, a senior, has been involved with Project Share the past four years while he's been in JROTC. He said helping the younger students makes him and the other cadets feel welcomed when they visit the schools. Bush said when he was younger, he wished there was a program like this one.

“It helps our community out,” he said. “It's really fun. The kids seem to be getting something out of it as well as us.”

Nearly 20 cadets in the program travel to the school to spend an hour a week. They even used some of their fundraising money to purchase books to donate to one of the classes at Pickett.

“I think it's a really good thing because we help the little kids,” said senior cadet Mary Santiago. “They will be better off.”

As part of Santiago's English class, she visits Lexington Middle School as a mentor similar to what she does with JROTC.

“We help them prepare for the other grades and help them in their reading,” she said. “I like doing this because older students read to me when I was younger, and it really helped.”

JROTC is a program that prepares high school students for leadership roles while teaching them citizenship, community involvement, personal responsibility, teamwork, responsibilities and self-discipline. Cadets complete more than 2,000 hours of community service each year.

“I like it because it teaches me citizenship, to do better and to help the community,” Bush said.

Deneesha Edwards can be reached at 249-3981, ext 213, or at deneesha.edwards@the-dispatch.com.