Storm first joined JROTC after hearing her mother and uncle, both former cadets, speak about their rewarding experience. The fifteen year old’s dedication to the team is evident as she meets for practice every day after school, even during the summer, and attends drill meets on the weekends. “I love competition. It makes me happy,” Storm says. “I love that they don’t treat me any differently.” If anything, people are inspired by her. At competitions, she is frequently asked to take pictures with cadets she doesn’t even know, because they are impressed with her skills. In the first month she competed with her school’s JROTC team, Storm received seven coins; each coin signifies an impressive performance in front of an upper level military position. She has won the Medal of Honor for going above and beyond everyone else and has received two Certificates of Achievement including one for being selected as the Honor Cadet during the Fourth Brigade Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Cadet Leadership Challenge.
Being a part of JROTC has taught Storm many valuable skills and lessons. She attributes her confidence to join the team to the care she has received at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville, saying, “Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville is the best place in the world; the people are miracle workers,” she says, “I wouldn’t be where I am today without the hospital’s help.”