Strive Not To Be A Success,
But Rather To Be Of Value
A Special Feature on the Northwestern NJROTC
Kenya Abraham and Marcia Mceaddy
"Motivation level was high!" wrote Col Raymond Celeste, USMC (Retired) in reference to the 2013 Navy ROTC Annual Inspection at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, MD.
Northwestern High School is home to several programs. One of the oldest and most respected programs is the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps. The program is open to any and all students attending Northwestern High School.
March 4th, 1968 The Secretary of the Navy decreed that Northwestern High School would become a high school with a NJROTC program. With this designation students attending Northwestern High School would now have the opportunity to shine and grow within a new program.
"It teaches me discipline and to take action for yourself." says Freshman S1 Jessica Ramirez.
Captain Martin Menez and Sergeant Major Wilkins lead the NJROTC program at Northwestern. Captain Menez is a retired US Navy captain. After college he became active duty Navy. During his time before and in the Navy he earned his Associates, Bachelors, and Masters degrees.
He worked in civilian business and for non-profit organizations. He then put his Navy uniform back on and began a new journey. He is now in his 2nd year at Northwestern as the Senior Naval Science Instructor. Captain Menez says, “Joining the Navy was the best thing I ever did. It built me from being a problem kid to the man I am today.”
The benefits of this program are tremendous says Captain Menez, “Today’s teenager needs structure, discipline, and mentoring. So many come from home without these essential things and this program is a great vehicle to provide teens with that.”
Sergeant Major Wilson was in the Marine Corps and says that his experience was superb. He joined the Marine Corps because he had strong motivation to join the military. He was recruited from MCJROTC to the Navy program at NHS. With a serious look he wants students to know he, “Started teaching to lead, influence, mentor, inspire and motivate the youth.”
NJROTC Commanding Officer Jhosdye Valentin says she has been with the program since her freshman year. She did not initially plan on joining, but did due to her cousin who did not want to join alone. Jhosdye truly enjoys the program.
She loves the drill team the most; especially the competitions. At a competition earlier this year at Seneca Valley High school, NJROTC competed in Armed, Unarmed Drill and Color Guard, along with Uniform Personnel inspection. They earned a score that placed them 6th among 11 school programs from the region.
Jhosdye says she earned her Commanding Officer rank in September 2013. It took dedication and hard work, becoming CO requires added responsibility that those of lesser rank do not handle. In all, Jhosdy loves the program. It has enabled her to represent herself and the school on a level she never thought possible.
After graduation, she plans to attend Montgomery Junior College. From there she plans to join the Marine Corps. and then earn a degree in International Business. For now, she is focused on the annual inspection, strengthening the program, and enjoying her senior year.
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From Middle School to High School
Teachers always say “it gets harder later in life” that “this is the easy part of life.” My middle school teachers said this to me, and honestly, I didn’t believe it got harder. It seems impossible,
but then I got to high school, and the teachers say the same thing.
High School has been the hardest part of my life so far and hearing “it gets worse” is not helping. Whatever happened to the motivational talks kids got in elementary school? I remember being happy, looking forward to going to school. Now, I can't wait for the school day to be over.
At least the transition between elementary school and middle school was easier for me.
The transition from middle school to high school is as subtle as a plane crash. The workload was overwhelming when I got to High School. I felt so unprepared when I got there, as if I were thrown in the ocean with no life preserver.
I felt completely lost. I had never struggled so terribly in school. I was losing a hold of my grades, my beliefs, and it was all very hard to endure, but there were people who helped me, and others who helped me help myself.
The Future of Sports Journalism
NHS journalists attend forum at UMD
Shirleah Ragin & Marcus Ford
On Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism a group of six renowned sports journalists shared their valuable insights on what may be The Future of Sports & Television.
The panel covered various aspects of the sports journalism, such as: high school sports; collegiate sports; and pro league sports coverage.
Dave Owens, local sports anchor for WUSA 9 and one who shares his expertise in Sports Reporting as an adjunct professor at UMD’s Merrill College; shares his insight on the future of high school sports coverage.
Mr. Owens is not fond of high school sports television coverage, in fact he views it as an exploitation of amateur sports, but he admits there is a market for it.
A major issue in local and national discussion is the name of Washinton’s NFL team. This led to an interesting discussion about whether the name is offensive, who it is offending, are other team names offensive, and how each media reporter deals with it personally and professionally.
Kristen Berset, a sports anchor/reporter for WUSA 9 said, “Players have affection for the name. They [Washington] have been known as the “Redskins” since 1933. All the players have grown onto the name and it would be such a drastic change if they were to change the name."
She ultimately believes that the media should “Try and give every side that is possible."
Dave Owens also commented, “Has there been enough stories, probably not... we should do more.”
One main focus was how television would be impacted as the Internet creates new paths to experience sports. The panel agreed that television will remain the medium for sports. There will be various apps that will help view the sports games , but they will not overtake television.
The conversation then turned to a discussion about collegiate athletes and whether or not they should recieve payment for playing sports at the Division 1 level.