Salina, Kan. – Aug. 19, 2013 – St. John’s Military School Leadership Camp begins today with a number of exceptional students in attendance that have been chosen as cadet leaders to guide the corps for the 2013-14 school year.
“Leadership Camp at St. John’s is an opportunity to provide a period of intense leadership training for the selected cadets that will assume student leadership responsibilities,” said Andy England, president of St. John’s, a private military school for young men in the sixth grade through high school. “They take classes in Situational Leadership, Leadership Ethics, Motivational Techniques, Professionalism and take part in team-building activities.”
The senior cadet leaders of the school are members of the Battalion Staff. Their academic performance is a major criterion for their selection, and the Battalion Staff for 2013-2014 has a GPA of 3.51. This year’s cadets come from 18 states and three foreign countries, with the number of Chinese students more than doubling from the previous school year. The preponderance of cadets invited to return from last year have re-enrolled for the 2013-2014 school year.
Twin senior cadets from Flagstaff, Ariz., will lead the Corps of Cadets in 2013-2014:
Cadet Battalion Commander – Cadet Maj. Levi Harmon is the son of Edward and Donna Harmon. He has attended St. John’s for three years and will be a senior. Harmon maintains a 3.97 GPA.
As Cadet Battalion commander, Harmon will be responsible for performance, morale and behavior of the entire 2013-2014 Corps of Cadets. In addition, he will coordinate programs and activities with the senior army instructor, operations officer, and battalion and company leadership adviser teams; direct cadet staff and cadet company commanders in accomplishing tasks; and ensure the safety and welfare of all cadets. Harmon will recommend appropriate disciplinary action for cadet misconduct and act as president of the cadet court and as a member of the cadet promotion and awards board.
Cadet Battalion Executive Officer – Like his twin brother, Cadet Capt. Eli Harmon has attended St. John’s for three years and will be a senior. He maintains a 4.02 GPA. As Cadet Battalion executive officer, Eli Harmon will be the second in command and the principal assistant to the commander.
Other Battalion Staff officers are:
Cadet Battalion Command Sergeant Major – Cadet Command Sgt. Maj. Luke Whitting is the son of David and Janine Whitting of Glen Head, N.Y. He has attended St. John’s Military School for three years and will be a senior. Whitting maintains a 3.27 GPA. As Cadet Battalion command sergeant major, Whitting is responsible for the attentiveness training, color guard, cannon detail, and campus police plan.
Cadet Battalion Personnel Officer S1 – Cadet 1st Lt. James P. McCafferyis the son of Celia Booth and Thomas McCaffery of Alexandria, Va. He has attended St. John’s Military School for three years and will be a senior. McCaffery maintains a 3.70 GPA. As Cadet Battalion S1, McCaffery will be primarily responsible for personnel activities and management, maintaining JROTC records for all high school cadets, and will narrate special ceremonies.
Cadet Battalion Intelligence/Academic Officer S2 – Cadet 1st Lt. Adam Walther is the son of Craig Walther of Coppell, Texas and Julie Hinds of Arlington, Texas. He has attended St. John’s Military School for two years and will be a senior. Walther maintains a 3.36 GPA. As Cadet Battalion S2, Walther is the provost marshal responsible for security and cadet patrol.
Cadet Battalion Operations and Training Officer S3 – Cadet 2nd Lt. David Schmaus is the son of John and Laurie Schmaus of Broomfield, Colo. He has attended St. John’s Military School for three years and will be a senior. Schmaus maintains a 3.23 GPA. As Cadet Battalion S3, Schmaus will serve as senior staff officer after the executive officer and is responsible for all matters pertaining to organization, operations and training.
Cadet Battalion Logistics Officer S4 – Cadet 2nd Lt. Brandon Mudd is the son of Dennis and Jamie Mudd of Baytown, Texas. He has attended St. John’s Military School for two years and will be a senior. As Cadet Battalion S4, Mudd is responsible for planning, coordinating and supervising all logistics activities including the dining facility, laundry, and corps transportation.
Cadet Battalion Public Affairs Officer S5 – Cadet 1st Lt. Paul Meyer is the son of Brad and Marsha Meyer of Hesston, Kan. He has attended St. John’s Military School for one and a half years and will be a senior. Meyer maintains a 3.80 GPA. As Cadet Battalion S5, Meyer is responsible for planning, coordinating and supervising public affairs operations and media coverage for the school.
The following cadets were selected as company commanders for the 2013-2014 school year:
Alpha Company, Cadet 1st Lt. Colton Brown is the son of Shannan Brown of Aledo, Texas, and Harold Brown of Fort Worth, Texas, and will be a senior.
Headquarters Company, Cadet 2nd Lt. Christopher Wilson is the son of H. Ray Wilson of Aurora, Colo., and Johonna Gilliam of Thornton, Colo., and will be a senior.
Bravo Company, Cadet 1st Lt. Richard Reynolds is the son of Richard and Sara Reynolds of Mission Hills, Kan. and will be a junior.
About St. John’s Military School
St. John’s Military School is a private college preparatory school for young men in the sixth grade to 12th grade. The student to teacher ratio is ten to one and is accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education and the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
The faculty and staff of St. John’s Military School have been successful in inspiring young men to prepare themselves for a better future by accomplishing more than they might think possible. Faculty and boarding school staff provide a safe, structured environment that encourages self-confidence and personal achievement. For the cadets, learning to overcome obstacles becomes second nature while individual intellectual and physical successes give them higher expectations that come from a greater belief in their own abilities.
The result is that St. John’s cadets perform at the highest level academically, physically, morally and spiritually. From the committed school administration and chaplain to dedicated teachers and military advisers, St. John’s cadre of leaders is devoted to the well-being of every student entrusted in their care and to nurturing his leadership potential.
Andy England, President
St. John’s Military School