Lincoln-Way Air Force Junior ROTC students excel at Ohio Valley Leadership School
Monday, July 8, 2019

Students from the Air Force Junior ROTC programs at Lincoln-Way Central, East, and West successfully completed a week-long (June 10-15) leadership school conducted at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Cadets endured intense physical training and leadership skill classes and drove determinedly through team-building activities.

Twenty-three Lincoln-Way students at the camp were part of approximately 160 cadets representing Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan.

Cadets who attended the course were: Grace Anderson, Damian Bahena, Jory Bell, Justin Corero, Donavan Davis, Autumn Doyle, Peter Fasano, Chris Flynn, Rhys Fuller, Adam Grande, Andrew Hill, Mikayla Hollingsworth, Griffin Jones, Amanda Lask, Connor Lindaur, Karys Mackey, Joshua Mackowiak, Magan Martinez, Marcus McCarty, Bella Olson, Robert Osdieck, Stephanie Villagomez and Julia Ward. They were accompanied by Lt Col. John O’Connor (LW East) and MSgt Dan Schliffka (LW Central, LW West)

Outstanding cadets who were recognized included:
• Distinguished Graduates (Top 10%) - Marcus McCarty and Chris Flynn
• Top Academic Award - Rhys Fuller
• Drill Commanders - Rhys Fuller and Magan Martinez
• Top Squadron Members - Autumn Doyle, Peter Fasano, Donavan Davis, Rhys Fuller, Adam Grande, and Robert Osdieck
• Top Flight Member - Autumn Doyle, Donavan Davis, Adam Grande
• First Place Flight Drill Competitors - Autumn Doyle, Donavan Davis and Adam Grande
• First Place JROTC Olympics - Justin Corero, Magan Martinez and Connor Lindaur
• Field Training Exercise Award - Grace Anderson, Mikayla Hollingsworth and Julia Ward

“Our cadets did an outstanding job representing Lincoln-Way,” stated MSgt Dan Schliffka, instructor for both Lincoln-Way Central and West. “This particular Leadership School is considered to be one of the most highly structured and disciplined course available to cadets in the Midwest. All cadets were personally selected to attend and did not disappoint in their determination to excel. This school provides an opportunity for all of our cadets to grow in their leadership skills which will they will be able to carry over into serving their school and local community.”

“Ohio Valley Leadership School (OVLS) is an outstanding program that deserves praise from the entire nation. That week of training has truly made me a better leader and citizen for Lincoln-Way and my community. What I personally got out of OVLS is learning to work better alongside other cadets from all over the Midwest. Everyday held a new experience and helped me to appreciate the United States Air Force and its members serving it,” stated Cadet Christopher Flynn (Distinguished Graduate).

Students will use their learned skills in the upcoming Lincoln-Way High School Air Force Junior ROTC Summer Drill Camp scheduled for August 12-16. This camp is open to all Lincoln-Way students and offers an opportunity to learn discipline, leadership, and teamwork.