To the editor:
An article in your December 26 edition, "North High JROTC tops in academic challenge," contained a factually-inaccurate statement that I would appreciate the opportunity to correct. On page 12A, the article stated that "Of the four local finalists, only Oasis didn't make round 2."
In fact, BOTH our Academic and Leadership Bowl Teams (comprised of nine outstanding cadets!) have advanced to Level II and are studying very hard, even over the Christmas break, to represent themselves, their teams, Oasis High School and the city of Cape Coral with great pride when we compete again in February 2013. Though only in our third year of existence as a JROTC Program, we are exceedingly proud of the fact that we have advanced to Level II in both categories all three years!
It was an exciting and extremely challenging competition as described in the article, and Oasis High School's Shark Battalion was thrilled to "match wits" with the other three top-notch programs represented.
I think it also merits mentioning that on 13 December 2012, the Shark Battalion was awarded the "Honor Unit with Distinction" rating, the highest designation that a JROTC unit can achieve.
The city of Cape Coral can be justifiably proud of the hard work that Shark Battalion cadets are putting in every day to make a difference. They really are "always on parade."
LTC (Ret) Erich V. Boerner
Senior Army Instructor, JROTC
Oasis High School