By Katie Ward
Community News Writer
Ret. Lt. Hugh Enicks, who is in charge of Red Bank High’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Program, ran well in the 2006 Boston Marathon.
I ran the Boston Marathon on April 17, Mr. Enicks said. It was a lot of fun. For me I found it incredible, it was in conjunction with the state’s Patriot’s Day. They line the highway, people have their own hydration stations with water. It was like one big festival.
As he concentrated on maintaining a pace, people screamed out his number for encouragement, he said. He felt that the race was well organized with a lot of crowd support.
I was ranked 573rd and ended up 356th out of 20,000 plus runners, he said. I was in the top 2 to 3 percent in the race. My time was 2:48:28.
Even though this was his first Boston Marathon, it is his third marathon run overall.
In 2004 he placed fourth in the Chickamauga Marathon, and finished first there in 2005. After looking at the schedule for the 2006 Boston Marathon and noticing that it did not conflict with his JROTC schedule at Red Bank High or the school’s track schedule, he signed up.
He ran the race for his high school students, because they are what his life is all about, he said.
I had 60 cadets earn college credits in financial management, he said. A total of 18 college credits were paid by seniors.
He recently took his JROTC cadets to the Arms Forces Day Parade where they marched. Later, they dined with the Tennessee Supreme Court Justice and heard a case that day.
We are in the top 10 percent of all JROTC units in the United States, he said. We have a drill team, a radar team and a rifle team. I coach the drill team. We have parades and trips on Saturdays.
Mr. Enicks began the school year with 222 JROTC members.
Our curriculum involves teaching wellness, government, citizenship, service learning and some earn Colorado Springs service learning college credits, he said. We always organize two blood drives here.
Cadet classes also plan out the military ball and put together newsletters.
They grow and mature from the time they are a freshman to a senior, he said. We focus on business, technology, finance, marketing and public service.
The mission is to make the students better citizens, he said. Eighty-percent of JROTC students go to college.
The last couple of years we have been two-tenths of a point higher on our grade point averages than the average student, he said. We are also about a half point to one point higher on the ACT test.
Mr. Enicks is retired from the Army after 20 years of military service. It was a two month process to get his current position as the head of the JROTC program at Red Bank High.
To retire from the military and come here was the best decision I ever made, he said. I always tell students you have the inherent responsibility to take your family name farther than it has been before.
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