Cadet Josh Ramirez, an Army JROTC cadet leader from Van Horn High School, recently completed the week long Missouri Cadet Patrol Academy program.

Ramirez is a rising senior whose attendance at the Patrol Academy program was sponsored by the Tiery J. Ford, Post 21 American Legion of Independence. Post 21 and the Van Horn Army JROTC program have a  partnership in identifying, training and sponsoring young future community leaders through its citizenship education programs.

The Missouri Cadet Patrol Academy is a learning/teaching/training program co-sponsored by the Missouri Department of the American Legion and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The purpose is to provide firsthand experience of the role of law enforcement officers in promoting and safeguarding America's freedoms and rights. The cadets undergo a week of activities, which includes both classroom instruction and hands on activities.

Prospective cadets are nominated to local American Legion Posts for sponsorship. Applicants must be in the upper half of their academic peers in high school, of good moral character, present a neat well groomed professional appearance, and come highly recommended.

According to the Van Horn Senior Army JROTC Instructor, Lt. Co.-Retired Mike Byrd, “Josh is a well motivated, self starter who knows what he wants for his future and is willing to work diligently to achieve his goals. Cadet Ramirez is a well balanced whole man; a scholar, an athlete and a leader.”