“JROTC (the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps) has taught me dedication, honesty, integrity, respect, honor, but most of all, how to be a leader and role model to my peers. It has shown me the importance of giving back to my community. … My Army instructors, 1st Sgt. Kevin Hawkins and 1st Sgt. Kevin Sledge, have helped me to set realistic goals for myself and to achieve them. I now believe I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.”

Age: 18

School: East Feliciana High School senior

Parents: Stephen and Stephanie Weber


Book: “The Hunger Games”

TV show: “SpongeBob SquarePants”

Movies: “The Twilight Saga”

Music: R&B, hip-hop

Role model: “My father.”

Extra: Stephanie Nicole Weber plays basketball and is on the track and field team as well as the JROTC Drill Team and JROTC Color Guard. She also became Tiger Battalion commander, the highest position a cadet can hold. “I will always have respect for the men and women who wear the uniform,” she said.

William Taylor

Assistant People editor