Honoring Our Vets
November 11, 2019, Whitley County High School
Whitley County High School and Middle School joined together to honor our county's veterans. Thank you veterans for fighting for our privilege of gathering in peace and security. We were especially blessed to have Sergeant Hubert Siler in attendance. Mr. Siler served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Sergeant Siler at 101 years old impressed many with his vivid description of his experiences.
Mr. Andrew Fuson delivered an inspiring and touching speech.
Playoff Time at Whitley
November 8, 2019, 350 Boulevard of Champions, Williamsburg, KY
WCHS JROTC color guard presents the colors before Whitley's game with North Laurel High School. The Colonels won the game and will move on to round two of the playoffs.
Cadets Clean Up Whitley County
November 5, 2019, Little Spruce Creek Road
Sixteen WCHS JROTC cadets spent their day off from school picking up garbage along our county's back roads. Students had fun while serving our community as part of the Eastern Kentucky PRIDE program.
Another Strong Performance in Virginia
November 2, 2019, Ewing, VA
Forty Colonel Battalion raiders traveled to Ewing, Virginia and turned in another strong performance. The Colonels are currently in first place in the Pine Mountain League. The Colonels will need to continue to trained hard to maintain their top ranking.
1st Place: One Rope Bridge, Female Tug, & Male Tug
2nd Place: Drill & Fitness
Four of Eight First Place Finishes at Harlan Raiders
October 19, 2019, Harlan, KY
Whitley County High School JROTC Raider Team turned in a great performance this weekend as they work toward the Pine Mountain League (PML) Super Bowl in April. The PML includes Whitley, Corbin, Harlan, Middlesboro, Knox Central, Thomas Walker, and Southwestern Pulaski.
1st Place: One Rope Bridge, Academics, Female Tug, & Male Tug
2nd Place: Drill & Color Guard
3rd Place: Fitness
Cadet Naythan Jewell pulls Cadet Ashley Bryant to dry land during the One Rope Bridge competition at Harlan County High School.
Whitley County JROTC Raiders march between events at Harlan's Raider Competition.
Archery Has Arrived
October 14, 2019, Williamsburg, KY
Whitley County High School JROTC Raiders kicked off its archery season with help of Mr. Huddleston, teacher and Impact Archery coach. Mr. Huddleston donated his afternoon and expertise to help develop cadets’ initial shooting stance and technique.
Honoring a Whitley County Hero
October 5, 2019, Corbin, KY
Forty WCHS JROTC cadets spent their Saturday honoring Ulis Steely. Machinist Mate First Class Steely was killed in action at Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1942. Today the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Whitley County, and his family welcomed him home. WCHS cadets salute as the funeral procession passes from Grace on the Hill Church to Corinth Cemetery
Cadets Learn to Run Major Events
September 28, 2019, Whitley County High School, KY
Six schools in the Pine Mountain league came across Kentucky to Whitley County September 28th 2019. They competed in seven events: tug-of-war, secret event,endurance, drill, color guard, one rope bridge, and academics. We had 30 WCHS cadets on campus bright and early Saturday morning to run and support the operation. This was a student run operation. Cadet Battalion Executive Officer and high school junior, Skyla Perkins said “ Our competition taught me that working as a team can achieve great things. I’m really proud of our Battalion and the others involved.” This was her first year running our home comp. This year our BNXO ran the comp rather than our Battalion Commanding Officer, and high school senior, Naythan Jewell this year he set back to let another cadet get more experience. “Running an event as large as we do can teach a lot of people some real life skills they will need. As Battalion Commander it’s my job to enforce our motto of J.R.O.T.C, To motivate young people to become better citizens.” By having the competition it teaches our other cadets how to run an organization successfully. Our NCOIC that ran color guard C/CSM Zach Lawson said” I love hosting theses competitions because it is a great opportunity to identify future leaders and welcome the freshmen cadets to the program. As well as keeping them involved with the organizations planning process’’. Over all our competition was a successful operation and we can not wait till next year to host another successful operation.
A Strong Tradition
September 27, 2019, Whitley County High School, KY
WCHS JROTC cadets continue an important tradition of presenting the United States and Kentucky flags before each home football game. Whitley fans have a strong reputation of patriotism.
A Queen is Crowned
September 27, 2019, WCHS, KY
Cadet LTC Naythan Jewell escorts our 2019 Football Homecoming Queen.
Raiders Off To A Strong Start
September 14, 2019, Middlesboro, KY
WCHS started the 2019-2020 Raider season well placing in every event of the season’s first Raider competition establishing them as the team to beat. WCHS is part of the Pine Mountain League which consists of six schools. Schools compete against each other during six competitions from September through February. The League will host a Super Bowl in March where the top three teams in each event will compete for the championship.
One Rope Bridge
Secret Event (Marksmanship)
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Picture by Mark White
Mayor 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.
Remembering Pearl Harbor
The Time Tribune News Story
Honoring a WWII Veteran
WYMT News Story
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
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.
Cadet/Major Jewell stayed busy keeping the event on track.