The cadets are practicing their precision drills during the Area 8 Leadership Academy.
Only a small percentage of cadets are selected for this training camp. Their day begins at 5:30 a.m. and ends with taps at 10 p.m.
During that time, platoons participate in classroom work, drill practice, and physical training.
"Leadership starts with the individual," said Keith Page, of Neshoba Central and a drill instructor for the leadership academy. "You have to yourself be the best that you can be so that others can rise up to your level. To be a leader you have to demonstrate the qualities that you want others to demonstrate. And we're hoping that these cadets can go home now and be better prepared to lead their units."
"We have upcoming freshmen and other students coming in our school that need to see examples, as leadership, and I would like to be one of the examples," said Mecca Jackson of Escambia High School in Pensacola, Fla.
"Leadership is very important. It makes a person who you are; it makes you a better person," said Jessica Dooley of Neshoba Central High school in Philadelphia, Miss. "It helps you become a leader in your unit and not just in your unit but also in your personal life."
Platoons competed in front of Marine judges for the title of 'Honor Platoon'.
The Area 8 Navy JROTC Leadership Academy includes programs in more than 40 schools in five states, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.