With the school year coming to a close, the Golden Eagle Battalion at Rhea County High School reflects on the events of the past year as they prepare for the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year.

The 2021 Battalion Awards Day was a huge success with many cadets recognized for their various achievements and the 2021-2022 Golden Eagle Battalion Staff was announced. For the 2021-2022 academic year, Nathan Czyz was promoted to Battalion Command Sergeant Major, Rebecca Marshall was promoted to Battalion Executive Officer with the rank of Cadet Major and Garrett Ramsey was promoted to Battalion Commander with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Even as the school year ends, the newly-installed battalion staff have already begun to work in their respective positions.

The Golden Eagle Battalion’s 39th Military Ball, while different from former years due to health concerns caused by COVID-19, was held to give the cadets the opportunity to celebrate their hard work over the past year and select this year’s Military Ball Court. The Freshman Class Prince and Princess were Cadet Pvt. Justin Boyd-Medina and Cadet Pvt. Ariana Tornow, Sophomore Class Prince and Princess were Cadet Sgt. Gabriel Ramos and Cadet Sgt. Nina Jones, Junior Class Prince and Princess were Cadet Lt. Col. Garrett Ramsey and Cadet Maj. Rebecca Marshall, and Senior Class King and Queen were Cadet Capt. Nicholas Garcia and Cadet Capt. Lilly McCollum. Cadet Command Sgt. Maj. Czyz led a five-person color guard for the annual Military Ball.

Not only did the Golden Eagle Battalion organize and execute their Awards Day and Military Ball events, but they also held a Company Awards Day for each company in the battalion.

While many of JROTC’s 2020-2021 events were cancelled due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the battalion worked very hard to safely and efficiently complete their duties, and the 2021-2022 battalion staff plans to follow in their footsteps.