All public HS in the Mariana islands got the coveted top honors in Junior ROTC program evaluation

CNMI JROTC cadets in drill formation. Image © https://www.pinterest.com

ALL Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands five public high schools get the Honor Unit with Distinction in a series of evaluation on Junior Reserved Officers Training Course Program of Accreditation held last month.

Lt. Col. Ramon Ichihara, Marianas High School senior army instructor, in an interview, said Saipan Southern High School, Kagman High School, Tinian High School, Rota High School and MHS got Gold Star rating, meaning all of them got a score of 95 percent and up in the JPA evaluation.

“MHS got 97.5 percent, the highest score among the Public School System five schools,” Ichihara said.

He also said the SSHS got 95 percent; KHS, 96 percent; Tinian HS, 97.3 percent; Rota HS, 95 percent.

“In general, that means we are beyond the standard of what the JROTC is requiring us,” Ichihara noted.

For the Dolphin battalion, Ichihara explained that the score means they exceeded the standards.

“Even from the last accreditation, we went beyond and work a little harder.”

He said the students were serious in preparing for the JPA evaluation as they stayed late to work on their presentation and the documentation.

“We ate dinner together – like a family – and we worked together.”

During the accreditation activity, the Dolphin battalion got a perfect score or 100 percent on Unit Report, In-Ranks, and Instructor Portfolio and Interview. The JPA also focused on the instructor’s portfolio.

Ichihara said that the evaluation centered on making sure that the instructors are meeting the requirements, getting professional development, going beyond what the lesson plan requires, working with technology, coordinating with other teachers in the school.

As far as number of cadets is concerned, Ichihara said the number of students enrolled in the program has dropped.

“The drop is because they decreased the number of periods – last year we have five periods, today we only have four periods. But MHS still have the largest population in JROTC among the five high schools.”

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