KOLD News 13 is teaming up with Circle K and Arizona Athletics for Teacher Tributes, and today a Flowing Wells teacher is in the spotlight.
Major Robert Dewitt is credited with helping send a dozen cadets to the top military schools in the country.
"We like to brag that we don't run the classes here, the students run the classes," said Army instructor Robert Dewitt, who also says for the cadets its all about developing discipline and leadership skills.
One example is Ismael Orozco, a senior, who has moved from cadet to battalion commander.
"Had I not joined this program I most likely would not be running two miles a day or three miles a day, so this program really helps me to get motivated to be my best essentially," said Orozco, who is one day hoping to join the Army.
He has applied to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and is hopeful he will get in.
There is a long list of cadets, under Dewitt's direction, who have gone on to be accepted at the various military academies. No other high school in Southern Arizona can say they have sent 12 cadets to top military academies from their JROTC program.
2012 Flowing Wells grad, Tyler Rico aimed high and won a gold medal at the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships, he is now attending the Air Force Academy.
"I absolutely enjoy seeing cadets or students become successful," said Dewitt. "Whether it's work, vocational training, college, something where they can be successful in their own and feel good about their lives."
Travis has been in the program for three years now and does things he thought he'd never have the nerve to do. He stands at the head of his class, whether its during drills, or in the classroom running uniform checks.
"I grade other people and I'm trying to form them into the best that they can be in this program," said Dewitt. "We believe in what you do and how you act and what you say is what you become. And so the more they take pride in themselves, the more they take pride in what they represent, the more they believe in themselves."
Dewitt says he leads the largest JROTC program in the state with over 200 cadets.
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