Several Wyandanch Memorial High School JROTC Army cadets met with Brigadier General Amanda Azubuike, the Deputy Commanding General of U.S .Army Cadet Command. The cadets were invited as special guests of General Azubuike as she visited the ROTC Battalion at Hofstra University.
“It is extremely rare for high school students to meet such a senior-level Army leader,” said Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Zanelotti, Wyandanch JROTC senior instructor. “It speaks to the dedication and efforts of the cadets to be given an opportunity that many active-duty soldiers do not have. I am truly proud of how well they represented themselves, the JROTC program and Wyandanch Memorial High School.”
General Azubuike, who represents the Army-level headquarters that oversees curriculum and certification for all Army JROTC programs worldwide, spoke about leadership and the importance of selfless service. Her message resonated with the Warrior Cadets who are committed to continuing their education after high school.
“Hearing her speak was very informative,” said Wyandanch Memorial High School senior and Cadet Major Cecilia Lopez. “It was interesting to get a different perspective on being a leader and I appreciated it.”
This sentiment was echoed by Cadet Captain Naidelin Cu-Lopez. “She showed me how far you can go if you work hard and do your best. I really enjoyed it!”
The Wyandanch Memorial High School Army JROTC is a character development program that teaches personal responsibility and service in order to motivate young people to be better citizens.