Our HSA Color Guard and cadets participated in the President Abraham Lincoln Memorial Day March in downtown Cleveland

jrotc march downtown 2015

Our HSA US Army JROTC Color Guard presented the colors in front of a sold out audience at Severance Hall.

jrotc severance hall



We took twenty-nine (29) US Army JROTC cadets to Holy Cross Cemetery to place flags on Veterans grave sites. Our cadets and JROTC Army Instructor First Sergeant David A.Takacs placed over one thousand (1000) flags on the sites. We were greeted by numerous people at the cemetery who commended us on our involvement in Memorial Day 2012. We had a WWII Veteran take his hat off, shed a few tears and shook all of our hands and thanked us. We spent over three hours placing Flags. We will be taking down the Flags after Memorial Day. All our cadets receive Community Service hours for their outstanding performance.
We met Ms. Zupanic at Holy Cross and placed a Flag on her fathers grave.

The HSA US Army Color Guard performed at the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Line workers Rodeo in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday, 14 April 2012. The cadets met and spoke with Mayor Jackson and numerous event coordinators and line workers. The crowd was very pleased with the cadets discipline and performance. We were provided a nice breakfast and a gift bag with a long sleeve shirt. We thank Ms. Kimberly Smith for the invitation to this prestigious event.

The HSA US Army JROTC cadets made history this Saturday when they marched in the Cleveland Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. There were over 500,000 people lined up on the streets cheering for us as our cadets marched proudly in downtown Cleveland. 34 cadets and participate in this parade.

US Army Adventure Semi Truck Visit

We had the US Army Adventure Semi Truck at HSA yesterday, 15 March 2011.  All JROTC Classes were able to participate.  The US Army Recruiters provided a outstanding briefing for our cadets, students and staff.  We would like to thank the Cleveland Recruiting Battalion, LTC Powers, CPT Riveria, SFC Goldfarb, SSG Iden, SFC Rayman, SSG Black, SGT (P) Johnson, SGT Harris.  The NCO’s were professional,enthusiastic and personally spoke to every student they came in contact with.  All attendees received a gift from the US Army when they were complete with their tour.

US Army Air Force Briefing


Mr. Mark Gregg, prior Air Force fuel pilot, (current PNC Branch Manger) briefed our 1st and 3rd periods today.  He provided the cadets a very detailed briefing on becoming a pilot and shared a video of his plan refueling planes in flight.  We appreciate Mr. Gregg taking the time to come and speak to our students.


US Army JROTC Cav’s Color Guard

Our JROTC Cadets performed admirably March 8th at the Cav’s game.  We met a lot of great people and basketball stars.  Our cadets received an enormous amount of compliments for their performance and professionalism.





We had 31 students take the ASVAB.  Our students were on time and were complimented on their behavior and professionalism by our Test Administer, LTC Corbett from the University of Akron and our Military Recruiters.  We should have the test results in a few weeks.  Our next ASVAB is scheduled for Friday, 13 May 2011.

US Coast Guard


We’d like to thank the US Coast Guard for their outstanding briefing today.  Our JROTC classes are informed and enlightened on all the great opportunities available in the Coast Guard.

US Army West Point Military Academy Information Briefing


Cadet Sergeant Adam Roth who is a Junior at West Point Military Academy spoke to JROTC and Career Path students on Monday, 22 November 2010.  He shared his experiences and provided our students with an outstanding presentation.  We had Cadet Roth for the entire day.  He was impressed with the students and HSA.  We provided Cadet Roth a HSA JROTC Certificate of Appreciation and a HSA coffee cup. We will remain in contact with Cadet Roth and have him come back and visit us again.  We’d like to thank Mr. Bill Willoughby arranging  Cadet Roth come speak to our students.


Veterans Day Ceremony

A special thank you to Mr. Bill Willoughby, (Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army) who presented us a check for our JROTC Program.

Veterans Day at HSA Elementary School


Thank you for the opportunity to perform at your Veterans Day Ceremony on Tuesday, 9 November 2010.  We are humbled by your kind words and appreciation for our JROTC Color Guard and Veterans.

US Army Medical Semi Truck


The US Army Recruiting Battalion provided HSA a US Army Medical Semi Truck.  The display was to enlighten our students and staff of all the opportunities in the Medical Field.  The Medical Van had video games, static displays and current information of all Medical Facilities in the USA and overseas.  This display was available for all JROTC cadets, students and HSA staff.  A special “thank you” to Captain Jose Rivera, SSG Vargas and SGT Johnson of the Cleveland Recruiting Battalion for arranging this for us.

Air Force Briefing


Thank for for coming in today and briefing our 1st and 3rd period classes about the opportunities in the US Air Force.    A1C Calvin shared his story with us and really inspired a lot of our cadets.

The US Army JROTC Department will host our Annual Veterans Day Ceremony located in HSA rotunda on Thursday, 11 November 2010.  Teachers who have classes on the 2nd and 3rd floor will attend and watch from outside their classrooms.  The ceremony begins at promptly at 9:00 AM and should be complete NLT 9:30 AM.  I have attached our Sequence of Events.  Please feel free to invite any Veteran that you may know.  We’d like to know their full name so that we can present them a HSA Certificate of Achievement. Please give us their names as soon as possible.


Veterans Day Ceremony Sequence of Events

0840 – JROTC Cadets form up in the rotunda, 1SG Benchek and MAJ Negron form the battalion.  Major Negron stands in front of the formation.  4 Even Squads.

0855 – Slide show begins, (Mr. Haci starts the slide show in the rotunda).

0900 – Ceremony Begins.  LTC J. Henry commands the Color Guard to Post the Colors. (Color Guard marches to prescribed location and goes to Present Arms).  Major Negron calls JROTC to Attention and Present Arms.

LTC Henry tells the audience to remain quiet during the singing of our National Anthem by Malika Turner and the Pledge of Allegiance. (LTC Henry starts the Pledge of Allegiance)

Major Negron tells JROTC Order Arms and Parade Rest..

When complete the Color Guard moves to prescribed location and remains at Attention..

LTC Henry makes his Veterans Day welcoming comments and speech.

LTC Henry and Mr. Sum will recognize and thank our Veterans and award them a HSA Certificate of Appreciation.

Guests will move back to their original location.

LTC Henry will introduce our Drill Team and have them perform Drill.

Once Drill Team is complete they will move back to their original location.

LTC Henry will thank Mr. Sum, JROTC Battalion, Special Guests, Teachers and students for attending the Veterans Day Ceremony.

0930 Ceremony Complete.

Students return to classes.

US Army JROTC Self Defense

Our US Army Recruiters came and taught our 6th period class Self Defense, (Combatives) today.  All of our cadets learned a few moves to help protect themselves in case of an emergency.  We appreciate the Army’s assistance.  We are scheduling more classes for the rest of JROTC.  All cadets understand that they are not to use what they had learned today in school or on school grounds.

Thank you for your continual support of the US Army JROTC Program and for what you do on a daily basis.

We are also hosting a food drive to help those in need for the Holidays, (2-22 November 2010).  Please bring in a canned good or boxed cake mix.  All participants will receive a JROTC Certificate of Appreciation.

Admiral Mullen Visit


Mr. Sum, Cadet LTC Jonathon Henry and I attended a Town Hall Meeting with Admiral Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff this afternoon.  Admiral Mullen topic was  “The Cost of Care for Wounded Warriors”.  Admiral Mullen recognized Cadet LTC Jonathon Henry during his speech as he was the only JROTC cadet in attendance.  Mr. Sum and Cadet LTC Henry presented Admiral Mullen a US Army JROTC Certificate of Appreciation for his outstanding Service to America.  Admiral Mullen presented all three of us a Coin of Excellence.   We are truly humbled.

We’d like to thank Cohen and Company for the invitation to the Town Hall Meeting.

Thank you for your continual support of the US Army JROTC Program and for all that you do on a daily basis.

David A.Takacs

ASVAB Test Dates for 2010-2011


Friday, 8 October 2010
Friday, 17 December 2010
Friday, 18 February 2011
Friday, 13 May 2011

Students can study for the ASVAB, SAT and ACT at www.march2success.com



The top 10 percent of our JROTC cadets attended JCLC Summer Camp at Camp Beaumont, Ohio, from June 12-16, 2010. The cadets conducted a Physical Fitness Test on Day 1.  The cadets had the opportunity to slide down a zip line, rappel, climb a rock wall, conduct land navigation, Field Leaders Reaction Course, swim, row, fish, and attend a nightly bon fire.  Cadets were provided 3 healthy meals daily and were housed in lodges.  All cadets had a great time.  The US Army JROTC Program paid all costs for this camp.