• Thomson High NJROTC cadets honored for service
By Linda Green

The symbolic mantle of leadership was passed from senior cadets to rising juniors and seniors during an NJROTC awards ceremony on April 24.
The NJROTC program at Thomson High School bestowed honors and medals on cadets for a variety of accomplishments as well as for excellence in leadership and academics. The cadets in the program received certificates of participation. The audience also got to meet Lt. Commander Brian Swanson, who took over the program April 21. He was sent to lead following the Jan.3 death of Senior Naval Science Instructor Commander Keith Ullman.
Swanson will teach classes, coach various teams and be the face of the program for the administration. Prior to his arrival, he taught math to children who could not attend regular school because of illness or injury at the Hospital Homebound School in Orlando, Fla.
“My primary mission at Thomson High School is to provide a quality ROTC program,” said Swanson.
He said NJROTC exists for three reasons: to make students better citizens, to make the school a better place and to positively impact the community around us.
During the awards ceremony, the students assuming new responsibilities were identified, recognized and given their positions of responsibility.
“They will assume their positions next year and this ceremony recognizes those chosen for leadership positions,” he said.

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