Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Naval JRROTC Visits the Lions Club

jrotc 300MADISONVILLE, Ky. (5/6/13) – The Madisonville Lion’s Club welcomed the Madisonville North Hopkins High School’s Naval JRROTC to join them for lunch and discuss the perks of their program.
 
Master Sargent Tim Gates of MNHHS has been teaching for 11 years and in multiple states. He started in Georgia in 2002, then moved to North Carolina, then made his way to Kansas for a brief time before taking the position in Madisonville at MNHHS.
 
Gates and his family moved here on June 28th of 2012. Since being here, his students have asked him why he chose Madisonville to live out of all the places he could have chosen from and Gates stated, “I explained to the kids that Madisonville was a really neat place to live. There’s no real crime, no real traffic, except for Main Street,” joked Gates. “But there are good wholesome people here and that is something when I moved out to the mid-west, I really found, that the south eastern part of the United States really has over the rest of the country…. Good wholesome people. But the kids from Madisonville North Hopkins High School are the real reason I took the job. When I first came in, with the very limit action I had with them, I could tell they were a really good bunch of kids,” continued Gates.
 
Currently there are 175 cadets in the JRROTC program at North Hopkins. The program teaches students the core values of HONOR, COURAGE and COMMITMENT that helps build their foundation of trust and leadership. These values and the program give the chance for one to participate in their education and to learn to be a better citizen. This program also provides the skills and tools that will be useful for not only while they are students in high school, but it will carry over into the remainder of their life. “We want the students to know what they want to do in life or at least have some general direction in which they want to go and be much better prepared from when they were when they first entered the program,” expressed Gates.
 
There are benefits that this program can offer if one decides to join the military. If a student decides to enlist, with the minimum of two years in the program, they can go into any branch of the military as an E2 instead of an E1. If a student does three years in the program, one can enter any branch except the marine core at a pay rate of an E3. Another benefit is the scholarship program. If a student is able to score high on their ACT scores, are physically fit and are willing to do a 5 year pay back tour from any branch of the military, they can get their college 100% paid for. Also, depending on which university in which the student will attend, if you are in the program with a 3.0 GPA or higher, one will also receive free room and board. “That is one the biggest benefits for me. This is one way we try and encourage students to go to college. Because not all students are able to afford to go and even if they can afford to go, it’s a guaranteed job when they walk out the door starting at $55,000 a year. There aren’t a lot of jobs today where you can start out making that much or guaranteed a job. So it’s a real good opportunity for the kids,” Gates also expressed.
 
On a local level, students visit the Veterans Center to play Bingo once a week; they also pick up trash and are highly involved in the Blood Drive. In addition to their at school activities, students also participate in out of school activities such as; drill meets, air rifle competitions and orienting.
For more information about the MNHHS Naval JRROTC you can visit the site at http://www.hopkins.kyschools.us/webpages/tgates/.
 
Amber Mena

SurfKY News

Photo Provided by Amber Mena

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

button coupons
button classifieds

In Other News...

'Cram the Cruiser' Concludes with Great Success

OWENSBORO, Ky. (12/17/14) — Cram the Cruiser concluded Dec. 16, 2014 and Post 16 has received the largest amount of… Read More

Change to Holiday Schedule for LBL Administrative Office and Golden Pond Visitor Center

GOLDEN POND, Ky.(11/17/14) — The Golden Pond Visitor Center and Administrative Office at Land Between The Lakes… Read More

Most Read This Week

December 16, 2014 9164

Coal Miner Fatally Injured in Underground Mining…

in Top News For All Sites by Dick Brown
December 14, 2014 8345

Muhlenberg Pays Homage to U.S. Armed Forces

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
December 12, 2014 7944

Man Allegedly Threatening Medical Staff with…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Wes Miller
December 17, 2014 5830

Elderly Couple Found Shot to Death in Muhlenberg

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Trooper Stu Recke
December 17, 2014 5772

Three Men Charged with Burglary

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
December 15, 2014 4741

Hopkins County Woman Charged Second Time in Two…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
December 12, 2014 4662

Man Allegedly Hits Brother with Pickup Truck…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Wesley Miller
December 15, 2014 4250

Woman Leads Police on High-Speed Chase in Stolen…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police
December 12, 2014 3763

Man Accused of Public Intoxication, Stealing…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
December 15, 2014 3226

Vehicle Careens down 150 Foot Embankment with…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department

Stories Trending Today

December 17, 2014 5830

Elderly Couple Found Shot to Death in Muhlenberg

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Trooper Stu Recke
December 17, 2014 5772

Three Men Charged with Burglary

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
December 17, 2014 2038

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Dec. 17, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
December 17, 2014 1627

KSP Charges Grayson County Man with Crimes…

in General News For All Sites by Sherry H. Bray
December 17, 2014 1500

Harney-Led Lady Mustangs Top Ohio County

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Steve LeMaster
December 17, 2014 1483

KYTC Announces Winners of 2014 Adopt-a-Highway…

in General News For All Sites by Lisa Tolliver
December 17, 2014 1397

Mustangs Earn District Win over Ohio County

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Steve LeMaster
December 17, 2014 1232

Princeton Road Drug Investigation Results in…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
December 17, 2014 908

Change to Holiday Schedule for LBL Administrative…

in Local (Lakes) Top News by Land Between The Lakes
December 17, 2014 883

MFD Summoned to Seminary Street for Garage Fire

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by SurfKY News

SurfKY News Group, Inc.
Corporate Office & Studio
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431
270.452.2727 (phone)
  •  270.452.2249 (fax)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social fbsocial twsocial yt
social gpsocial flrsocial rss