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Greenville students observe Veterans Day during assemblies

GREENVILLE – From first- and second-graders at the elementary to the FCCLA, ROTC, the Wavaires and the marching band, students across Greenville City Schools participated in programs honoring the nation’s veterans on Monday.

A group of seven second-graders presented a short program written by Susan Dankworth, assistant principal, to all K-2nd grade classes.

The group included Branson Landis. Cade Labig, Cadence Phillips, Payton Fourman, Nolan Gehret, and Thomas Han as moderator.

The second-graders recited statements describing a veteran and the five branches of Armed Forces as well as the various jobs military personnel perform and how as young people they can show respect to veterans and the flag of the United States.

Three first-graders led the Pledge of Allegiance and included Abby McGlinch, Cain James and Carter Helman.

The GHS show choir, the Wavaires, also participated in the elementary’s assembly and performed The Star Spangled Banner, God Bless the U.S.A. by soloist Aaron Buchy and the Armed Forces Medley.

At the high school, the FCCLA and ROTC students collaborated on an afternoon school assembly.

The program was prepared by juniors Brittany Grice and Alyssa Evers as part of their FCCLA Star Project.

“We wanted to bring the community together by honoring our veterans,” Grice said.

This was the first year for the FCCLA students to join in with the ROTC to plan a Veterans Day program, said FCCLA Adviser Rita Potter. “We will be doing it again next year.”

As part of their project, Grice and Evers invited veterans to enjoy a spaghetti lunch prior to the high school’s assembly.

During the assembly the two conducted the program and reminded the 9-12 grade students “we are here to honor all who have served our country.”

Principal Stan Hughes gave a brief history of Veterans Day and the ROTC presented colors and a drill. The marching band students performed the National Anthem.

Freshman Hannah Garteman, who won the FCCLA Veterans Day Essay contest also presented her winning essay on the topic “What Does Veterans Day Mean to Me.”

“The real question is,” Garteman said “is how many of us take time to thank these veterans?”

Garteman said she tries to thanks those who have served when she is aware she’s around veterans and also listed close relative who have or are currently serving in the Armed Forces.

She encouraged her fellow students to be aware and take time to tell a veteran thanks for serving our country and protecting our freedoms.

“Our veterans did not fight for one day in their life and call it a day,” she said, pointing out how we should be thanking our veterans more than just one day a year.

Also as part of their Star project, Grice and Evers will be planning a poker run for next spring. Also recently, they planned a Spirit Week and asked students for monetary donations.

“We plan on donating to their D.C. trip,” Evers said of the annual trip planned by Darke County Veterans Services.

PHOTO CAPTION: Greenville Navy Junior ROTC present the colors during Monday’s Veterans Day assembly at the high school. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

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Chief recognized as Post’s Teacher of the Year

GREENVILLE – The VFW Teacher of the Year award contest recognizes exceptional teachers for their outstanding commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism to their students. Each year, a classroom elementary, junior high and high school teacher whose curriculum focuses on citizenship education topics — for at least half of the school day in a classroom environment — can be nominated for the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award.

This year Greenville VFW Post 7262 selected Chief Stephen Eldred the Naval Science Instructor (NSI) for the Greenville Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC), the Green Wave Navy as Teacher of the Year.

Chief Eldred has been the NSI at Greenville Senior High School since April of 2014. He has made himself a vital tool of the High School.  He teaches his Cadets (students) and even other students of the high school what it really means to be an American.  He talks to every one of his Cadets about the Constitution and how our government affects our lives daily.

He is a role model for discipline and respect for the whole school to follow.  He instills basic manners into his Cadets that many of our youth today have lost.  He teaches respect to others and has an open door to all students in the high school not just those that take his class.  This has given many kids the opportunity to talk to someone besides the administrators.

He has increased the unit’s involvement with in the community. In the 2017/2018 school year, the Green Wave Navy volunteered to over 3,400 hours of community service. His leadership and demonstration of giving back to the community is something for all to follow.  He has gotten the Green Wave Navy Color Guard involved in presenting the Colors for school sporting events, local parades, as well as professional sports teams to include the Cincinnati Reds, Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Dayton Dragons.

He has been instrumental in the growth of the NJROTC Unit.  He has increased its enrollment numbers from 80 to over 105 in the three years he has been at Greenville.

During his tenure, Chief Eldred has been instrumental in the unit’s ability to go from being unranked to one of the top units in Ohio and the country. For the 2016/2017 school year, the Green Wave Navy was recognized as the most improved unit in Area 3 along with receiving the NJROTC Unit Achievement Award.  Area 3 now consists of 54 schools from West Virginia to Nebraska and Kentucky to Michigan. For the most recent school year (2017/2018), the unit was recognized as a Distinguished Unit with honors (the highest unit award offered to a NJROTC unit). They were one of only two schools in the state of Ohio to receive this award and it is awarded to only the top 20 percent nationally.

His name will now be submitted for district-level judging.  From there, if he is selected it will then be forwarded to the department-level (state-level). If selected at the state level, he will then be passed along to VFW National Headquarters for consideration in the national awards contest.

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NJROTC unit chosen to attend Orienteering nationals


GREENVILLE – Greenville High School held its NJROTC Pass-in-Review Thursday, performing drills and earning awards with their parents, family members and special guests in attendance.

The students also learned they had been chosen to represent Area 3 at Orienteering nationals in California.

This year’s Pass-in-Review included a visit by special guest and Reviewing Officer United States Retired Captain Mike Stiglitz, who spent the morning conducting an official review and interviews with the cadets.

“I’m totally blown away by the community support of this program,” Stiglitz said. “It’s a tribute to the community, all the fine work the students are doing.”

Stiglitz served with Capt. Scott Eberwine during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Eberwine joked that when he first met Stiglitz in Kuwait it was 128 degrees.

“Today when I met him, my truck said it was 28 degrees,” Eberwine said.

Eberwine also made the announcement that Greenville had once again been chosen as one of two schools in Area 3, out of 54 schools, selected to go to the Navy National Orienteering near Los Angeles.

“You parents and staff should be proud of them,” Eberwine said of the Greenville cadets as he gave a brief report on the accomplishments taking place within the unit.

These accomplishments include 3,300 hours of community and school service, sharpening their orienteering skills and representing GHS and the Greenville community at several events including the Color Guard’s participation at a Cincinnati Reds and Columbus Blue Jackets games. Several members of the unit also recently traveled to Columbus to participate in the Ohio School Boards Association’s fall conference.

PHOTO CAPTION: Students participate in Thursday’s NJROTC Pass-in-Review at Greenville High School. (Susan Hartley photo)

Pass in review

The NJROTC host a pass in review on November 29,2018, in the Greenville High School mine gym. Pass in review is to recognize students who earned awards and promotions. We performed a pair of drills, Charlie Platoon basic drills skills demonstration led by Platoon Commander Cadet Petty Officer Second Class Rodney Richard and the Competition Armed Exhibition Drill Team’s demonstration led by Cadet Petty Officer First Class Logan Shields. C/PO2 Nathen Henning served as the master of ceremonies for Thursday’s Pass-In-Review.

Underclassman Award

The Underclassman Award is cadets will Receiving awards often improve your college chances by proving your commitment, time management and leadership skills to college admissions officers.

Most Improved Unit

Congratulation to the Unit for being selected as the Most Improved Unit within Area 3.  

Wright State University ROTC Visit

On Wednesday 8 March the Greenville Senior High School NJROTC visited Wright State University and the Army ROTC Unit.  During the visit Cadets were given a tour of the campus and participated in a class with the Army ROTC.  They participated a Land Navigation exercise.  During the Visit the 7th Brigade Commander COL Oskey and the 7th Command Sergeant Major Gregory.  They were given the opportunity to hear what is really going on with the US Army and able to ask a few questions.  Cadets will also be visiting Miami University on Friday 10 March and University of Dayton on Thursday 16 March.  

Area 3 Drill Meet

At 0500 the cadets left for Central Crossing high school to participate n the Area 3 Drill Competition. The cadets participated in the Armed and Unarmed Drill cards as well as a personal inspection of their uniforms and knowledge. The previous day the academic team took a test of 100 questions of military knowledge, knowledge of current events, as well as a few things from the textbooks for all for years 1-4. The PT team competed against other schools in the amount of push-ups and curl-ups they can do to a cadence, as well as a 100 meter dash. AT the end of the day of the Drill competion the cadets unfortunately lost the competion to the cadets from Hamilton.

Upcoming Events

Game Night
Apr 29, 2019 at 1500-1630
Food Bank
May 06, 2019 at 1745-2000
Spring Orienteering Grant Park
May 12, 2019 at 1045-1500
Fish Fry
Jan 18, 2019 at 1630-1945
Mar 26, 2019 at 1745-2000

Varsity Teams

  • Unarmed IDR Drill Team
  • Armed IDR Drill Team
  • Colorguard Team
  • Unarmed Exhibition Drill Team
  • Armed Exhibition Drill Team
  • Marksmanship Team
  • Physical Training Team
  • Academic Team
  • Orienteering Team


Unit Awards

Distinguished Unit / with Honors 2017/2018

Most Improved Unit 2016/2017

Unit Achievement 2012/2013

Unit Achievement 2011/2012

Unit Achievement 2010/2011

Unit Achievement 2009/2010

Unit Achievement 2008/2009

Unit Achievement 2007/2008

Most Improved Unit 2007/2008

Distinguished Unit 2002/2003

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