UPDATE: 7/2/13 7:15 PM
It's returned, and the community couldn't be happier to have Navy Junior-ROTC back at Parkersburg High School.
Two years ago the program lost its funding since enrollment hit all-time low in 25 years of service.
Parkersburg asked for Senator Jay Rockefeller's help, who worked with the Secretary of the Navy's office and the admirals of the NJROTC headquarters for Navy funding.
PHS restored the program to eligibility again.
“ROTC is probably one of the most inclusive groups that we have,” says Principal Pam Goots. “We have everything from students who are very high achieving who might want to go to an academy, and we're fortunate very often we have a student that gets to go to an academy, to students who are kind of at risk.”
Goots says through leadership and tutoring, they really give those students a sense of belonging to PHS and a sense of purpose.
More than the academies, a number of students leave ROTC and actually join the military.
UPDATE 6-28-13 5:56 PM
The Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps is back for Parkersburg High School students thanks to the communities overwhelming response.
Two years ago the program lost it's funding since enrollment fell to it's lowest ever in 25 years of service.
Parkersburg asked for Senator Jay Rockefeller's help who worked with the secretary of the Navy's office and the admirals of the NJROTC headquarters for Navy funding.
PHS' restored the program and now it's eligible again.
"We're just real excited that the program's back in good graces with the Navy and we're just wishing them all to good successes they move forward. We really want to thank all those people that worked so hard to bring this to this point," says Wood County Schools Superintendent, Doctor Patrick Law.
U.S Department of the Navy officials say the program should be reinstated by fall of 2015.
Two officials of the Navy Junior ROTC program were at Parkersburg High School Wednesday, to determine if the school was in compliance with ROTC's rules and regulations.
In the words of one of the inspectors, the participating cadets "performed superbly".
The program was suspended after the 2010-2011 school year, when it was determined participation was below the minimum number of cadets needed for it to continue.
"We completely understand the importance of what it means today to be successful for the future of the unit," said Senior Naval Science Instructor John Snively, "with the hopes we will be taken back into the NJROTC program as soon as possible."
"I think the future looks really good for the cadet program here at Parkersburg High School," said Area 3 NJROTC Manager George Clifford, "and we hope to bring them back into the Navy Junior ROTC program as soon as possible."
Could that be in the next school year?
"It could possibly be," Clifford responded.
More than 100 students, who have been or are interested in taking part in ROTC, took part in Wednesday's inspection.