After a five-year absence, Henry County High School’s Air Force JROTC unit returned to Barbourville, Kentucky to participate in Kentucky Summer Leadership School, June 14-18. SLS is an intensive camp that involves cadets from seven regional high school JROTC units. Cadets are chosen after rigorous screening and are expected to demonstrate leadership and followership in a variety of academic, drill and field training exercise settings. These include morning exercise at 5 a.m., room and personal inspections, academic training, drill and parade practice, and various team sports events. This was followed by an overnight stay at the Army Guard training facility in Artemus to undertake camp set-up, simulator training, rappelling, road marches and night training.
Six of the original seven senior cadets completed the course: Ashley Cox, Machelle Cox, Kaycee Davis, Beth Haberman, Sean Sykes and Rachel Thorley. Of the 74 cadets who finished the camp, Cadet Davis (right) was selected as the No. 1 Honor Graduate and Cadet Thorley (center) was a Distinguished Graduate, placing fifth overall.