Helms receives Medal of Heroism at EHS JROTC Awards Day

Cadet Rebecca Helms received the Medal of Heroism for her actions on March 9. At the presentation of the award were (from left) EHS JROTC instructor Col. (Ret.) Dennis Griffin, Helms, Enterprise City Schools Superintendent Greg Faught and EHS JROTIC instructor Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Gary Price.

Enterprise High School’s multipurpose room last Friday morning was the site of JROTC Awards Day, where cadets were honored for their achievements throughout the year.

The first to be honored was Cadet Rebecca Helms, who received the Medal of Heroism for her actions on March 9, when she saved a toddler from drowning.

“Helms (exhibited) courage and bravery when she jumped into a pool to save a toddler from drowning or sustaining serious health-related issues from remaining underwater for an extended period of time,” wrote Joseph W. Vongs, Col. U.S. Army Commanding. “Her selfless act and instinctive reaction saved a child from drowning and reflects great credit upon her, her family and the entire JROTC Corps of Cadets.”

The Medal of Heroism is awarded by the Department of the Army to any JROTC cadet who performs a heroic act that “must have involved the acceptance of danger” and sets the individual apart from fellow students.

It exemplifies fortitude and courage.

EHS JROTC instructor Col. (Ret.) Dennis Griffin spoke at the program and recognized the accomplishments of the cadets.

The EHS JROTC Wildcat Battalion, he said, made history with an achievement the first of its kind for the program.

“Our cadets exceeded all expectations this year in preparation for and during the U.S. Army Cadet Command Accreditation Inspection of our program that has just occurred in February,” said Griffin. “For the first time in the program’s history, the Wildcat Battalion -- you guys sitting here today -- scored a perfect 170 points out of 170 points. The lead inspector stated that was the first perfect score he had ever given in his many, many years of inspecting across the state of Alabama.”

Griffin said cadets also spent countless hours volunteering throughout the community.

 “This school year has exceeded 1,000 volunteer hours (for them),” he said. “Some of these community activities have included Veteran’s programs, Fall festivals, the Enterprise Christmas Parade, Color Guard presentations across the school system and our community, the assembly of over 2,000 bird houses for Children’s Festival in the Park, nursing home events, Y-Day and support of the Boll Weevil 100 and Wounded Warriors.”

Griffin said the EHS JROTC Wildcat Battalion coordinated and executed a service project in support of the Christian Mission Food Bank that resulted in the collection of one ton of non-perishable food just prior to Christmas.

Griffin also said competition teams performed well and represented Enterprise High School and the community and their families with “first-class sportsmanship and competitive spirit.”

Rifle, drill and physical fitness team members received Varsity Letter and pins to recognize their performance and participation in competition.

Receiving Varsity Letters for first year were: Zephanyah Barnes, Daniel Babaran Sun, John Carter, Daniel Chamberlin, Parris Crowley, Rene’ Garcia, Samuel Haglund, Gracie Hallman, Jake Holmes, Faith Mason, Nolan Moos, ZyAeriah Morris, Christian Neal, Dallen Putney, Tyler Rathburn, Lauren Rodgers, Madeline Rodriguez, Jacob Rowan, Johnathan Rowley, Nathan Schmidt, Nathan Smith, Haden Sizemore, Tristen Stratton, Brett Tessay, Victoria VanMeter and Morgan Werhan.

Receiving second, third or fourth year pins were: Brandon Allen, Tal Audiss, Christopher Beltz, Keeley Bone, Tucker Boswell, Ramsey Buteaux, Riley Buteaux, Justin Casteel, Colby Clark, Brendan Climer, Kendall Cox, Brandon Cross, Bri Davis, Lana Davis, Elijah Doherty, Colton Driscoll, Charles Frey, Katie Hallman, Devon Hill, Edward Howell, Jr., Amber Mayse, Rachel McCarty, Shekaunna McCauley, Patricia O’Dell, Steven Petrie, Courtney Solie, Mackenzie Spence, Ivy Stone, Anna Swafford, Brice Thomas, Zane Wallace, Cory Wise and Sayla Wood.

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