2021-2022 School Year for Army JROTC

As we approach the end of school year 21-22 it does not hardly seem possible that we have successfully navigated another school year.  When the year began, all of us in JROTC had many questions on how the school year and more importantly how our JROTC program would sort itself out.

I am happy to report in almost every way, the school year worked out great and in many ways all systems are back to functioning normal!

Our Drill and Ceremonies team finished up a successful season.  They were able to compete in multiple different locations to include an end of year trip to Waukegan IL.  At this competition, our Armed Drill team commanded by Senior Cadet Addison Ray, finished a close second place out of 10 teams.  Our seniors will be missed and we look forward to our returning members providing experience for next year.

Our Rifle team competed in six separate competitions.  Throughout the year, there were many Personal Records (PRs) achieved and much improvement noted.  Of note, during the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) championship three of our members swept the podium.  Cadet Julia Carpenter (1st), Cadet Alex Tomilson (2nd) and Cadet Alaina Nehmelman (3rd).  Congratulations to all members on a successful season

Also, all members of JROTC were part of many Community and School events.  These included Honor Guard Ceremonies, Sporting Event Color Guards and various community events to include our annual placing of Flags in Honor of all Veterans at Lakeside Cemetery here in Pekin.  Thanks to all who helped and the parents who supported these events.

For everyone, as it stands now, our annual Awards Ceremony is back!  This also includes the announcement of the new leadership for the staff.  This year’s ceremony will take place on Thursday the 12th of May at 530PM.  All families and friends of our Cadets are invited to attend here in the auditorium of PCHS.

Finally, as many of you already know, this will be my last year as the Senior Army Instructor here at PCHS JROTC.  After 11 years and 33 years in uniform, I am closing out the flight plan for the last time.  Thanks for all the support from the many involved in helping all of us in JROTC.  Most of all thank you to all the Cadets! The memories will last a lifetime for me…..happy and sad.   Would not have done it any other way. Will leave you with this quote that sums up my last 33 years in service from a true American hero.

  "You must love those you lead before you can be an effective leader, You can certainly command without that sense of commitment, but you cannot lead without it. And without leadership, command is a hollow experience, a vacuum often filled with mistrust and arrogance.'' General Eric K Shinseki


I wish each and every one of you good luck and God’s speed in whatever you do.  LTC Larry Hallstrom


Our direct lines to our phones in our office are as follows: LTC Larry Hallstrom at 309-477-4382 or lhallstrom@pekinhigh.net or 1SG Julio Rodriguez at 309-477-4379 or jrodriguez@pekin high.net

Thank you. Lt. Colonel Larry Hallstrom