A Great Performance at Camp!

June 7, 2019, Camp Davy Crockett, TN

Fifteen WCHS cadets completed a week of training and team building at Lake Cherokee, TN during the first week of June.  A great week of training was capped with a first place finish among the camp's fourteen schools drill competition.  Way to go Colonels!

Camp Drill

Honoring The Fallen

May 27, 2019, Williamsburg, KY

WCHS cadets demonstrated their respect and appreciation for those who have fallen in the defense of our freedom.  WCHS students spent their Memorial Day weekend conducting services across our community.

Memorial Day 2


Memorial Day 3

Memorial 4


1st Platoon Wins Platoon of the Year

May 20, 2019, Williamsburg, KY

All six of Whitley County High School JROTC's platoons competed against each other during the Battalion Picnic Monday.  After a tough competition of drill, archery, cadence calling and obstacle course, 1st landed on top.  Congratulations to the cadets of 1st Platoon!




Pie Contest





Cadet Perkins Wins Cadet of the Year

April 27, 2019 350 Blvd. of Champions, KY

Whitley County High School JROTC sophomore Cadet Skyla Perkins wins Cadet of Year for WCHS.  Cadet Perkins is the Battalion's Operations Officer, a member of the Color Guard, Raider Team and the schools Academic Team.  She also previously won the Battalion's Cadet of the Trimester.   

Cadet of Year



WCHS JROTC Recognized For Greatest Volunteer Participation

April 27, 2019 Cumberland Falls State Park, KY

Whitley County High School JROTC was recognized as the group with the most members participating in the PRIDE Cumberland Falls Clean Up for the third year in a row.  WCHS cadets demonstrated their continual commitment to community service and love for their state park.  

Falls Group


WCHS Wins KYNG Mountain Raider Challenge

March 23, 2019 Artemus, KY

Whitley County High School JROTC fielded the youngest team in Kentucky National Guard's Mountain Raider Challenge.  That team not only competed well with three freshmen earning the coveted Mountain Raider Tab, but also won first place in the overall competition.  This is the most physically demanding competition of the Raider season.  Cadets started the day with a two-mile race, ended the day with a two-mile speed walk while carrying a load, and completed a series of physical and mental challenges during the middle of the day.  The Pioneer cadets demonstrated true Colonel PRIDE "Determination." 

Mountain Raiders

Pioneer Battalion Top Promotions

January 25, 2019 Williamsburg, KY

Whitley County High School JROTC cadets Naythan Jewell and Mary Earls earned promotions to Cadet Lieutenant Colonel and Major.  Congratulations to both cadets.  We have great confidence in their abilities to lead the Pioneer Battalion to the next level.    

BC Promo

XO promo

Cadets Escort WCHS Basketball Homecoming Candidates

January 17, 2019 Williamsburg, KY

Whitley County High School JROTC cadets were honored to escort the basketball homecoming candidates Thursday night.  Congratulations to all of the candidates and cadets for representing our school so well.  


Williamsburg Chirstmas Parade_____________________________________

December 8, 2018 Williamsburg, KY

Whitley County High School JROTC demonstrated their Christmas spirit Saturday during the 2018 Williamsburg Christmas Parade.  The cadets were especially festive this year as they sang cadence while marching down Main Street. 

Wburg Parade 3

Wburg Parade 1

Picture by Mark White

Parade 1Mayor Harrison joins the color guard for a quick picture.



Learning to Serve                                                                                            

Williamsburg, KY, December 8, 2018

Whitley County High School cadets learned the meaning of service as they visited the residents of a local nursing home.  The cadets were well received and spread holiday cheer throughout the home.    Nursing Home

Remembering Pearl Harbor

The Time Tribune News Story

Pearl Harbor


Honoring a WWII Veteran

WYMT News Story

Gillis Clawson

Whitley Wins in Virginia                                                                                              

Ewing, Virginia, November 3, 2018

Whitley’s JROTC Raider Team turned in their best performance of the year winning the Thomas Walker, Virginia Raider Competition.  Whitley won first place in three of the five events:  Academics, Color Guard, and Obstacle Course.  Additionally, the Whitley Raiders place second in Tug of War.  Great job Raiders! 


Soggy Day with a Bright Finish                                                                                                      

Harlan County High School, October 27, 2018

It was a chilly, wet, and gray morning, but the cadet’s spirits were high as they competed, against seven other schools, along the banks of the Cumberland River in Harlan County.  The weather did not improve, but you would have thought it was a sunny day by the look on the faces of Whitley cadets as they celebrated two first place wins. 



Learning to Lead                                                                                                                         

Whitley County High School, October 13, 2018

 Home COmp

Nearly 250 students from ten high schools converged on Whitley County High School’s campus Saturday to compete in a daylong competition.  What may have been more valuable than the trophies awarded to the winners was the experience students gained planning and running the event.  “I really learned a lot from this; our cadre really put the ball in our court to plan and run the event.  I felt like a CEO,” laughed Gary Moul a senior at Whitley County. 


“We provide students left and right limits.  We give them tools but hold them responsible for doing the work; this way, they learn what it takes to succeed.   We tell them the event will succeed or fail based on what they do,” explained Colonel (Retired) Steve Sears who along with Master Sergeant (Retired) Donald Gross runs Whitley’s JROTC program.  


Whitley County has over 120 students in their JROTC program.  Thirty students volunteered weeks ago to plan and run the competition.   Cadets were in charge of each of the eight events; a cadet served as a guide for each of the ten participating teams, several cadets were responsible for logistics, and a handful of cadets served in a command post to track scores, manage rotations, and serve a clearing house for problems encountered during the day.


“How many 16-year-olds get the opportunity to take charge of an event like this?  From providing drinking water to briefing the event rules to organizing the awards ceremony, we had to figure it out and solve problems.  We had to make sure everyone knew the plan, prepared, and delivered,” stated Naythan Jewell a member of Whitley’s JROTC. 


At the end of a long day, trophies were awarded to schools placing in each event, but the thirty cadets running the event took away an authentic experience in problem-solving and in leadership.

Home Comp

Cadet/Major Jewell stayed busy keeping the event on track.