The Renaissance High School Cougar Battalion was formed in January of 1979. Our mission is to motivate young people to be better citizens.In just its third year of establishment it has become an honor unit with distinction and has maintained for 36 of its 38 years. The earning of these awards maintains that it upholds the highest standards of discipline and training in the unit.
For ten consecutive years, the unit has earned three honors which are earned by the top unit in the district, with its formal inspections, exam averages, unit rapport, and its performances in annual drill competitions, marksmanship matches, and cadet challenges. The unit has even earned a perfect score in the National Formal Inspection process. We have placed in the top 3 in the Michigan-Wide Cadet Challenge for the past 10 years. We are ranked in the top 10 in the 7th brigade for our performance in drill competitions. Our rifle team has been city champions for the past 17 years. Last year, our marksmanship team remained undefeated in the district. Our unit has also finished 1st in the JROTC city-wide academic testing every semester since the 2001/2002 school year.
Renaissance Cougar Battalion has shown that we deserve our Honor Unit with Distinction ranking. Cougar Battalion alumni have provided two Color Guards for U.S. presidents, have escorted a U.S. President, dined with royalty, become successful entrepreneurs, conducted rescue efforts at ground zero and security at the Pentagon after 9/11, in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and participated in intensive volunteer efforts in developing nations. They have served honorably as officers and senior non-commissioned officers in Afghanistan, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Cougar alumni have created new programs at their college (dance at Baker College) and they have been elected as presidents of Michigan State Black Caucus and all campus residences. Cougars have served on both federal and state congressional floors. They have graduated from college on time and early at rates far exceeding our school average. They consistently earn more scholarship money than any other group at our school. We produced the second African American to command the 4,000-strong Corps of Cadets at West Point and the Commander and second in command of the Michigan State ROTC Battalion. We have had an alumni earn the Marshall Leadership award at the college level, and recently had 4 cadets recognized by the George C. Marshall Foundation as among the top .05% of the nations 272,000 JROTC cadets. We have been recognized by the Commanding General of all of ROTC and JROTC as a national level model program. Throughout all of its years of existence the Renaissance High School Cougar Battalion has, and is committed to excellence.
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