Wiregrass Newsroom: Program of 37 years faces possible cut - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Wiregrass Newsroom: Program of 37 years faces possible cut

Headland, AL (WSFA) -- It's not just another class for the Naval Jr. ROTC kids at Headland High School.

It's fun, friends, and for some, a career.

But the Naval Jr. ROTC program at Headland is in jeopardy.   Requiring nearly $150,000 dollars per year to operate, the money's just not there next year.   And it's something NJROTC student Seth Sowell hates to see.

"It's been good for my high school year.  It kinda gives me encouragement to come.   It would be depressing.   It would be sad because this is the one thing I get to do [that's] fun at school," says Sowell.

But Sowell is only one of many who say losing the program could mean losing what they love.  

"I wouldn't be as involved in school. I'd have nothing to do.  These are my friends.   And it would just kinda be like this meant nothing...two years of work meant nothing," says sophomore Jessica Jacobs.

Instructors say if they lose the program at Headland, it's likely they would never get it back. 

"The odds are that we would never see an ROTC program here again," says Major Danny Odom, the Senior Naval Science instructor at Headland.

They're odds that could have lasting effects.

"We have some that would quit if they didn't have ROTC.  So, your drop-out rate is affected," says Odom. 

But for now, the students give it their all, hoping to do the same next year.

Reporter: Melissa McKinney

  • NewsMore>>

  • Trump raises risk of economically harmful US-China trade war

    Trump raises risk of economically harmful US-China trade war

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 12:20 AM EDT2018-06-19 04:20:31 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 9:02 AM EDT2018-06-22 13:02:44 GMT
    President Donald Trump gestures as he signs a "Space Policy Directive" during a meeting of the National Space Council in the East Room of the White House, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence watches.  AP Photo/Susan Walsh)President Donald Trump gestures as he signs a "Space Policy Directive" during a meeting of the National Space Council in the East Room of the White House, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence watches. AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    A new 10 percent tariff on $200 billion in Chinese imports is being threatened by Trump in the latest move toward what could become a trade war.

    More >>

    A new 10 percent tariff on $200 billion in Chinese imports is being threatened by Trump in the latest move toward what could become a trade war.

    More >>
  • 'Papa! Papa!' Audio of children stokes rage over separation

    'Papa! Papa!' Audio of children stokes rage over separation

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 1:20 AM EDT2018-06-19 05:20:32 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 9:02 AM EDT2018-06-22 13:02:41 GMT
    (U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP). In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a U.S. Border Patrol agent watches as people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the...(U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP). In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a U.S. Border Patrol agent watches as people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the...
    An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking cries of small Spanish-speaking children being processed by U.S. officials stoked the uproar over the policy of separating immigrant children from their...More >>
    An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking cries of small Spanish-speaking children being processed by U.S. officials stoked the uproar over the policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.More >>
  • Lewandowski on girl with Down syndrome: 'Wah wah'

    Lewandowski on girl with Down syndrome: 'Wah wah'

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 11:35 PM EDT2018-06-20 03:35:12 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 8:54 AM EDT2018-06-22 12:54:43 GMT
    Corey Lewandowski, a former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, created a stir by dismissing a story about a girl with Down syndrome. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)Corey Lewandowski, a former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, created a stir by dismissing a story about a girl with Down syndrome. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    A former campaign manager for Donald Trump has created a stir by dismissing a story about a girl with Down syndrome with a sarcastic "Wah wah."

    More >>

    A former campaign manager for Donald Trump has created a stir by dismissing a story about a girl with Down syndrome with a sarcastic "Wah wah."

    More >>
Powered by Frankly