This Week at Challenge, Week 14
Week 14 started strong and ended even stronger. Visitation, fully transitioning into Blue Stage and awards all contributed to a great week for the cadets. Second break is just around the corner, and the cadets are looking forward to graduation. With new cadet leadership in place, the cadets are motivated to finish strong and prove that they can be successful.
Visitation this past weekend was a great time for everybody. It was fun and exciting not only to meet all the parents, but to see the joy on the faces of the cadets. Many of the cadets received outstanding reports from their teachers, and a progress report worth framing.
School this week focused on writing, with cadets working on various compositions. In careers, the cadets were writing a skills essay describing their three main skills. In government, cadets began writing a paper on political parties, which is particularly relevant this year.
This week also saw Pulitzer Prize winning author Katherine Boo come and talk to the cadets. Cadet Suarez from first platoon was very impressed by the author and had this to say about her.
Meeting Katherine Boo
By Cadet Suarez
My name is Cadet Suarez and on October 19th I had the privilege of meeting Katherine Boo, a New York Times best-selling author. This was an outstanding experience hearing about her travels and her work. Katherine is a journalist, reporting on slums in third world countries. Her best-selling novel “Behind the Beautiful Forever’s” focuses on the under city of Mumbai. Her book reports the wrong doings of the crooked police, and the struggle of multiple different families in the same area.
This book caught my attention immediately because of how important these people’s struggles are. The media today feels like it is just showing how bright and happy countries are becoming but they refuse to show the poverty and the suffering the citizens are going through. I tie Katherine’s experience in India with mine in Mexico seeing the poverty kids are going through and the struggles they endure just to survive. Katherine’s fight to bring these tragedies to light is a tremendous uphill battle fighting large scale media on what’s really going on. Katherine’s work is a true inspiration to me showing how your voice can be heard if you just fight for it.
On Thursday, the cadets all received their individual awards. With ribbons available in everything from Academics to Physical Training, the cadets were very excited to see where they are excelling. Along with rewards, new Cadet Platoon Leaders were assigned, giving a new cadet the chance to learn about Leadership/Followership. With so much going on, the cadets are buzzing around the facility doing their assigned jobs and preparing for the final portion of the program.
With only seven weeks to go, parental support is needed more than ever. Many cadets are getting anxious as they can sense the end goal is near. Your children need your help in finishing the program and taking that first step towards a better and brighter future. Please continue to write to them and show your cadet not only how proud you are of them, but also how succeeding in the present can only lead to better things in their future.