Howell JROTC cadets joining ROTC in college

PHOTO: From left, Colin Cochran, Austin Spisak, Luke Tholen and Drew Sexton.

Four Howell High School Air Force Junior ROTC cadets have committed to continue their ROTC career.

Cadets Drew Sexton, Luke Tholen, Austin Spisak and Colin Cochran will take the skills and knowledge learned through Howell’s JROTC program and use them as they enter the ROTC programs at the college level.

Sexton will attend Michigan Technological University, Tholen will attend the University of Notre Dame, Spisak will attend Western Michigan University, and Cochran will attend Eastern Michigan University. Sexton, Spisak and Cochran will join Air Force ROTC Detachments while Tholen will join a Navy ROTC Detachment. While Spisak and Cochran will study at Western Michigan University and Eastern Michigan University, they will join Air Force Detachments at Michigan State University and the University of Michigan.

Tholen earned a full ride Navy ROTC scholarship to Notre Dame, where he will study mechanical engineering. Upon graduating from Norte Dame, he will enter the Navy’s Nuclear Power School, where he will learn about operating nuclear reactors. The Navy’s ROTC Scholarship is a competitive scholarship based on a fitness assessment, high school grades, various academic and personal references and college entrance exam scores.

Through JROTC each cadet has gained leadership skills, public speaking skills and interpersonal skills. While ROTC at the college level is a competitive environment, Lt. Col. Lisa Franz, Howell High School JROTC instructor, feels that each of the cadets will excel as they continue their journey.

“I think they will be prepared, ” Franz said. “I’ve been treating them as if they were in college with my expectations of them so they will do well.”

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