SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Camryn Kynard a Senior at Central High School has been appointed Springfield Central High School’s first female African American Commander of the Jr Air Force ROTC.
A change of command ceremony was held Wednesday morning for Kynard, a senior, where she lead nearly 400 JROTC cadets at the high school.
“It’s a big job but I wouldn’t want it any other way. I’m excited for the challenge coming into graduation in June and I’m glad I can finish my high school career saying I have this position and show the cadets and other people that it’s still possible to make history even in 2020.”-Camryn Kynard – Central High School senior
Only 5% of students in the program choose to go on to the military… according to Major William Keida, the other 95% including Camryn are college-bound students.
“That’s all we’re really doing is getting these kids ready for life, getting these kids ready to graduate from high school, moving on. We’re not a recruiter, we don’t get these kids into the military just showing leadership and job skills that they can use out in the rule.”– Major William Keida
Another Springfield first, very proud of Camryn and our JROTC Program – great students and great leaders!Springfield Mayor Mayor Domenic Sarno
Once she graduates Kynard looks to pursue a career in education.