Carolina Forest High student credits ROTC program for positive changes

Student Spotlight: Jordann McDaniels

CAROLINA FOREST, SC (WMBF) - Because of her petite stature, it's hard to believe that 15-year-old Jordann McDaniels used to wreak havoc in the home.

"I would back talk my parents and yell at them and always get in trouble," she says.

But last semester the freshman joined Carolina Forest High School's Junior ROTC program and says thanks to what she's learned, she changed. "It motivates me to respect and have self respect and to concentrate on my grades so I can stay in it."

McDaniels says just last year she was getting C's, D's, and F's, but now she's a straight A student and says she owes it all to the program. Since joining, she's learned how to shoot a rifle, march and salute properly. Ribbons on her dress shirt signify community service, drill team, color guard, and participation. The program has also inspired her to join the military after graduation.

"I'm not afraid of death," she says. "If it means fighting for my country, that's all I care about."

If Jordann sticks with the JROTC, she could be eligible for a higher military ranking. She's not sure which branch she'll go into. She still has another three and a half years to figure it out. But one thing that is for sure, the McDaniels' household is a lot more peaceful and her parents are proud.

"They are just proud, and they are glad I am sticking with ROTC, and that I love the military and want to go into it."

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