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{mosimage}September 21--  Students from four area high schools all united under one color, Army Green, in ceremonies Monday night at Vidalia High School.

A promotion ceremony was held for the new Army Junior ROTC Thunderbolt Regiment which includes 180 students from Vidalia High School and the high schools in Toombs, Montgomery and Treutlen counties.



{mosimage}The Regimental Commander is Jermaine Snell from Vidalia High School who believes the new JROTC program will help develop leaders.

The Thunderbolt's first Regimental Commander takes the Oath of Office.

"I think it means if they can inspire other people to do great things and be leaders and not followers all the time, then life will be better.  That's the way us Thunderbolts think, if you can be a leader and not a follower, things will work out better," he says.

Snell is a senior this year and says he joined JROTC to help him learn to work with other people, "It's something I want to do to train myself on how to get involved with other people knowing that's the job I want to have in life."

The new regimental commander also believes the JROTC program is helping him grow.  "A lot of teachers and students have told me I've changed.  They see the difference. That's why we have this motto, "Deeds Not Words."  Do what you say you're going to do, don't talk about it," he says.

The regiment includes four battalions including the 70 members of the Indian Battalion led by battalion commander Courtney Walker, the Bulldawg Battalion with its 30 cadets led by Mikala Quarterman, the Eagle Battalion's 40 cadets headed by Kaylan Hamilton and the 40 members of the Viking Battalion led by battalion commander Courtney Merrion.