Congratulations to Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (JROTC) Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Michael Cassell (pictured above), for being named the Broward County JROTC 2017 Cadet of the Year.  Cadet Cassell, who attends Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, received the award during a ceremony at Pompano Beach High School on Friday, May 12, 2017. This is the second year in a row that a cadet from Marjory Stoneman Douglas won the prestigious award.

Also honored during the ceremony were first runner up Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Sarris (West Broward High School), followed by five distinguished cadets:  Cadet Major Amanda Alvarez (South Broward High School), Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Levin (Pompano Beach High School), Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Haleema Irfan (Hollywood Hills High School Military Academy), Cadet Captain Theoni Chitty (Coral Glades High School) and Cadet Commander Slade Yester (Cooper City High School).

The Cadet of the Year was selected from the top cadets at each of the District’s traditional high schools. The cadets were evaluated on their academic performance, demonstrated leadership, community service and school involvement, as well as their JROTC participation.  In addition, the top cadets from six BCPS middle schools were honored for their achievements and, as part of the Pass in Review, cadets and JROTC programs received individual awards for several categories.

The JROTC partnership between the United States Department of Defense and BCPS is completing its 44th year, and to date, has involved over 100,000 JROTC Cadets. BCPS has the largest JROTC program in the nation, with a JROTC program in every traditional high school.