AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - In this week's High 5 4 Kids spotlight, we meet a high school senior who is a leader in his Junior ROTC program, and that's earned him a national award.
Jarrett Hutchens, a senior at Cross Creek High School, has always had a love for shooting, something that's made him a stand-out in his JROTC program.
Johnathan Shaw, the Commander for the Navy JROTC program, said Hutchens was eager to learn about the program when he was still in middle school.
"He came in the summer before his freshman year because he heard that we had a rifle program," Shaw said. "We talked to him a little bit, and so he started shooting that summer with some of the shooters, and he just seemed to have an aptitude for it."
Now Hutchens is a three time national rifle championship competitor, and has broken quite a few records in JROTC and in the classroom.
"He's the only cadet in my time at Cross Creek to ever win three distinguished cadet awards back-to-back, and but he also got three honor cadet awards back to back for highest GPA, so that's another first for him," said Shaw.
Hutchens is also the valedictorian of his class with a perfect 4.0 GPA, and a peer tutor for other cadets in the program.
All of these honors helped Jarrett win the the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement, and he's just one of 20 JROTC cadets in the world to receive this honor.
"I felt pretty accomplished, I mean, I felt happy that I was selected out of 520,000. You know, only 20 were selected," Hutchens said.
Hutchens said being a leader in the JROTC program and in the classroom has helped prepare him for his future career in the Army.
"Sometimes people think being a leader is all about you, but really it's about the people that you're leading," he said. "You know, you're not doing it for yourself, you're there to help other people."
He'll take those skills with him to the University of North Georgia next year, and will continue the ROTC program in college before joining the Army.