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On the record with IHS senior Steven Scheid

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. - Steven Scheid is a senior at Incline High School who attended Basic Combat Training with the National Guard over this past summer. Scheid is a graduating senior who has been enrolled in JROTC - a leadership program offered at the high school - for his entire high school career.Scheid earned the Honor Graduate Award at Basic Combat Training, and it was the skills he attained through JROTC that allowed him to earn this prestigious award. Scheid will be attending advanced individual training for the military police following his graduation at Incline High School.Below is a Q-and-A with the Incline senior.Q: What are the parameters needed to earn the Honor Graduate Award?A: The Honor Graduate is an award given to a soldier from each platoon whose leadership ability, warrior spirit, physical fitness level, and overall understanding of military subjects are considered uniquely outstanding.Q: How prepared did you feel while you were attending Basic Combat Training?A: Although there were many other soldiers at Basic Combat Training who had either been through the JROTC program or were currently in college ROTC, I felt as though I was the most prepared and educated leader there. Not only did Incline JROTC inspire me to join the Army, it also converted me into a better citizen and gave me a strong foundation of discipline and leadership. These qualities are needed to achieve the Honor Graduate award.Q: What are some of the specific skills JROTC gave you that allowed you to succeed at Basic Training?A: JROTC equipped me with skills that made some Basic Combat Training seem like a repeat of prior training. Such skills include rappelling, orienteering and land navigation, marching or "drill and ceremony", army/military history, and the seven army values, which are: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, Personal Courage, and respect for your mentors.Q: Was there anything else that helped you be prepared for Basic Combat Training?A: Another thing that helped prepare me for Basic Combat Training was the Recruit Sustainment Program (RSP) at the National Guard armory in Carson City. This is a training program provided by the National Guard armory in Carson City that trains incoming soldiers for Basic Combat Training one weekend every month. Even though the majority of the trainees at Basic Combat Training attend a Sustainment Program as I do, the staff and leaders at my RSP are extremely professional and motivational, and I believe they gave me an edge over other soldiers. RSP also helped prepare me for the stressful environment of Basic Combat Training, such as the rigorous physical demands and the study and repetitive practice of military subjects. Q: What was your mindset while you were in Basic Combat Training?A: Although my exceptional JROTC Program and RSP provided me with an advantage over other soldiers at Basic Combat Training, I also strove to be the best soldier in my company. I constantly sought to stand out amongst others while I was there, and I naturally took over any leadership position available.Q: How often were you in a leadership position while you were attending Basic Combat Training? Where do you see yourself in the future?A: There was only one week of Basic Combat Training in which I was not in a leadership position, and this was the week before graduation. I hope to become an officer in the United States Military and attend as many training schools as possible.Q: Are there any specific individuals that helped you succeed at Basic Combat Training?A: I would like to give a special thanks to my National Guard recruiter, Staff Sergeant Nico Sunseri, and my two JROTC instructors, Senior Army instructor Command Sergeant Major Del Lepley and Army instructor First Sergeant Larry Porter. These three outstanding men have kept me in line and have done more than enough to ensure that I am prepared for life's challenges. They have my utmost appreciation and gratitudeQ: Is there any final advice you would give to young men and women who may be interested in the United Sates Military?A: My most crucial advice for any incoming freshman would be to take the JROTC program that is offered at Incline High School. It is an amazing program that teaches students skills needed to succeed not only in the classroom, but in the future as well. It has certainly aided me in my goals, and taking JROTC was one of the best decisions of my life.

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