by Russell Cooks
Sandy Creek High School continues to add to their outstanding year of accomplishments, even during the summer months. The Air Force Junior ROTC team participated in a the College Leadership School at Converse College and took over the entire program. The Sandy Creek cadets won a total of eleven awards, and Austin Culpepper was chosen as the Commander of the school.
This tremendous showing is just another powerful validation that Sandy Creek is much more than a football school. The sports facilities at the school are located on “Champion Way,” the name coming from the overwhelming success of the football program. However, there’s a movement going on at The Creek to show the entire world that Sandy Creek succeeds at everything.
“Our students compete at high levels in athletics, academics, and the performing arts,” says Principal Robert Hunter. “Our goal is for continuous improvement in every category. We want to thoroughly prepare our students for post-secondary education, but also afford them the opportunity to excel in the extracurricular activities that they are truly passionate about.”
Major Shon Dodson said, “Chief (Mark) Davidson and I took our AFJROTC cadets to the Converse College Leadership School in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and they crushed it! The week-long camp was comprised of 330 cadets from Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. At the end of the camp, our cadets from Sandy Creek walked away with 11 awards.
“Our very own, Austin Culpepper was chosen to be the Commander of the entire school and he performed amazingly! He walked away with the highest award of the camp, the Commandant’s Award”, added Dodson.
Culpepper took top honors, but he was far from the only Patriot winner. RuthAnne Degrange won the Military Excellence Award and the Top Advanced School Cadet Award. Bradley Gibson won the Outstanding Staff Officer Award. Evan Tapp won the Outstanding Standards Evaluation Officer Award. Ethan Perez won the Honor Graduate Award. Austin Culpepper won the Commandant’s Award. Brian Alfaro won the Outstanding Squadron Commander Award. Katlynn Gossett won the Top Female Graduate Award and Honor Graduate Award. Mayra Guerra and Johnathan Hausser both won the Honor Graduate Award. What an excellent showing by the Sandy Creek Cadets!