United South HS Marine Corps JROTC receives funds from Rock Fitness


The United South High School Marine Corps JROTC received a special check on behalf of the Rock Fitness Center.

The Panther cadets were given $4,500 to use for their military-based program. These funds will be used for different things such as equipment, transport and competitions.

The cadets and their instructors were very grateful for the gym’s donation and were excited to use these funds for future events.

“We consider ourselves at the United South High School MCJROTC to be a very active program,” said Senior Marine Instructor Major Thomas Connor. “The district gives us a very generous budget of $30,000, but with competitions, travel costs, equipment and food for the cadets, we have gone through it all. This money could not have come at a better time, and we are grateful for the generosity of Rock Fitness.

“Another goal we would like to achieve is to acquire an electronic targeting system, as we currently use paper targets,” said Gunnery Sergeant Billy Adames. “The electronic targeting system is expensive, but in the long run it will be more efficient for our students and also environmentally friendly.”

The United South High School MCJROTC currently consists of approximately 120 students of all grade levels. The program encourages students to become leaders and is based on the US Marines principles: honor, courage and commitment. It is open to all students, even those not necessarily interested in joining the military after high school.

Rock Fitness representatives said it is important for the local gym to support students in our community by giving back. During the check presentation, the students had fun with their instructors who competed in various exercise activities to win various prizes given out by the Rock Fitness Center. Prior to the check presentation, several cadets were promoted in ranks with a special pinning ceremony.