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Two Star General Visits Owen High School
Two Star General Visits Owen High School
Posted on 01/11/2022
Throughout the course of time we meet some pretty impressive people. In December, students and staff at Charles D. Owen High School enjoyed an influential motivational speech from an accomplished woman. By: Breanna Henlsey
BCS Communications Dept.

Throughout the course of time we meet some pretty impressive people. In December, students and staff at Charles D. Owen High School enjoyed an influential motivational speech from an accomplished woman.

On December 3, students from the Warhorse Battalion Honor Guard greeted Major General Jami C. Shawley. She spoke to staff and students and spent time with members of the JROTC.

“This visit was important to our students,” said JROTC Army Instructor Brook King. “Students now have a better understanding of service, as well as holding themselves accountable.”

Major General Shawley was able to relate to students as she described her life growing up in a farming community in Missouri. She also shared how she overcame challenges she faced at the United States Military Academy (West Point).

“Major General Shawley’s advice that really resonated with me was that success in life is built with a positive attitude and the application of great effort,” said Mr. King. “Here at Owen, we try to teach the JROTC students to work hard to achieve their goals.”

Over the years, Major General Shawley has definitely worked hard to get to where she is today. She graduated from West Point and later served as Army Aviation Second Lieutenant, flying AH-1 helicopters in the Second Infantry Division in Korea. Some other special titles include: Military Advisor to the Department of State Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism and the Commanding General for the Army Reserve Aviation Command.

“The Major General also stressed to students and staff that they control their own path,” Mr. King said. “Do not let obstacles stop you from achieving your goal or purpose.”

Additionally, Major General Shawley has received a number of awards and badges, some of which include; Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star, and Senior Aviator Badge. As her presentation concluded, one of many lessons passed to students is the importance of perseverance.

“I know our students were inspired by Major General Shawley’s grit and bravery,” said Principal Meg Turner. “While not all of our students will pursue a career in the military, the lessons learned today will benefit them no matter which path they choose.”

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