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ECHS cadets excel at leadership school
0622 echs AF JROTC
Effingham County High School Air Force JROTC cadets show off their Unit of Excellence Award, along with their recognitions, from the Southeast Regional Summer Leadership School. Maj. (ret.) Danny L. Burgstiner is the JROTC senior aerospace science instructor at ECHS. - photo by Photo provided
Cadets from the Effingham County High School Air Force JROTC, unit designation GA-938, earned the Unit of Excellence Award for their collective scores at the Southeast Regional Summer Leadership School held at Mercer University from June 13-19.  
The Unit of Excellence Award is awarded to the unit (school) whose cadets amass the highest score of the other participating units. Fourteen high schools from Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina attended the annual Cadet Officer Leadership School (COLS), designed to provide cadets the level of leadership training necessary for them to return the next academic year and help operate the cadet corps.  
The typical day at COLS starts at 5:45 a.m. and ends at approximately 10:30 p.m. The daily agenda includes physical fitness training (one-mile run and exercises), drill practice, academics, athletics, and personal and dormitory room inspections. COLS also includes a picnic, cadet skits and a graduation ceremony to close the school.
Cadets earning recognition from ECHS were:
Timothy Jackson – Outstanding Flight Cadet, Outstanding Flight Room Inspection and  Outstanding Flight Personal Inspection for the Wing (COLS)
Kendall Stephens – Top Room Inspection for Flight and the Wing
Jonas Hall – Most Improved Flight Cadet
Jordan Chisley – Top Logistics Cadre
Jeremy Paulk – Superior Flight Leader and Best Flight Regulation Drill
Patrick Gleaton – Member of the Top Athletic Flight
Keith Shabi – Member of the Top Flight 
Chris Pierson – Superior Flight Leader