Melanie Fischer takes a look at the JROTC program in its first year at Hillcrest. The program was a fast success, with over 120 participants.
Back Story: Hillcrest principal Dr. John Laurie was instrumental in bringing the JROTC program to the school, and the first two leaders, both included in the story, helped keep it popular.
The Focus Statement: “New program makes instant impact”
Trivia: The Hillcrest JROTC is known as the “Hornet Battalion.” None of the other four public high schools in Springfield has JROTC.