March 9, 2016 – Athena Campbell, a seventh grade student, has risen to the position of Sergeant in the Curran Middle School Cadet Corps. Campbell was honored during a pinning ceremony along with fellow cadets of the 92 member class whom she leads as Battalion Commander. She also received new shoulder boards, which will be worn on her uniform designating her rank of Sergeant.
To reach this position, Campbell had to pass four proficiency exams consisting of questions regarding the branches of government, communications, First Aid, survival skills, the history of the California Cadet Corps, and student leadership.
Campbell is now the highest ranking student at Curran, where the program has existed for three years. She is the first cadet to attain a rank at this level, a rank she can transfer to her high school cadet experience.
“It isn’t easy, but if you’re dedicated and determined, you will succeed. You will get exactly where you want to be and beyond,” says Campbell.
Curran Middle School is the only school in Kern County that has a California Cadet Corps group. The mission of the organization is to provide California Schools and students with a quality educational and leadership development program that prepares students for success in college and the work force.