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Tinian High School students share lessons learned in light of coronavirus outbreak

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TINIAN — Since schools shut down last March due to the spread of the coronavirus, the lives of the JROTC cadets at Tinian Jr. Sr. High School took a dramatic turn.

In order to find out how the battalion has been doing since school ended, we interviewed a number of cadets and asked them a series of questions.

Since school shut down, the cadets have found many ways to fill their days with productivity, taking time to exercise and learn new skills such as cooking and playing instruments. Some have also been catching up with their online classwork as the 2020 Spring Semester comes to a close, as well as work on the Learning Packets distributed to them by PSS.

 Most of the cadets we interviewed had a positive experience with the Learning Packets, explaining how it has been a great way to keep themselves occupied. Cadet Capt. Dea Patio praised the PSS staff for creating the enrichments packets, stating, “It’s difficult to make such a packet and distribute them to all of the students, so I admire our teachers even more for such integrity.”

Although this positive outlook is shared among most of those we interviewed, some students had other opinions, with Cadet Major Flores stating, “This is not the best learning style for me and probably many other students, especially those who have homes unfit to be learning environments. It is difficult to do work at home being in this situation.”

Cadet Command Sgt. Maj. Biton had the same experience, explaining that they lacked the motivation to work on the packet.

Though there are conflicting views regarding the Learning Packets, there is one thing that is consistent: a longing for school to re-open — in good time of course. “I miss being able to be social at school,” Cadet Major Flores stated, “having people around me, learning with me, is my ideal learning environment.”

Another student explained how they miss their classmates and teachers, their amazing JROTC instructors, as well as the JROTC program. “The JROTC Program is what I miss most about school,” Cadet 1SG King said, “It’s my favorite part of being a Stallion at Tinian High School.”

Being on lockdown has taught the cadets many life lessons — particularly, the importance of spending time with family. It was incredibly heartwarming to hear how the cadets have developed a deeper appreciation for their loved ones, many of them gladly lending a hand to do chores around the house. Cadet Captain Long explained, “As the days go by, I have truly learned to appreciate and value the time I spend with my family a lot more.”

Despite these trying times, the Stallion Battalion continues to welcome the future with an air of hopefulness. We believe that this situation will serve as a lesson that will better prepare not only the people of Tinian against future emergencies, but also the school system. The cadets know that when school re-opens, everyone will be better prepared in case a situation like this ever happens again — and though it may be difficult for things to go back to normal, with patience and cooperation from the teachers, staff, and students, we remain hopeful that everything will work out.

 

 

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