Cadet Sergeant First Class (SFC) Carlos Parker, II of Terry High School was selected as the top – performing male student at the 2019 Military Order of World Wars (MOWW) Youth Leadership Conference at the U.S. Space Center in Huntsville, Alabama. MOWW serves America’s youth by hosting Youth Leadership Conference programs throughout the United States at no cost to high school students attending. These students receive patriotic education on leadership in a free society, concepts of the free enterprise system, principles of democracy, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and civic responsibilities associated with preserving American rights and freedoms. Students also develop speaking, writing and leadership skills, which contribute to their development as better citizens and future leaders.
Cadet SFC Parker was selected by his Senior Army Instructor, LTC (Ret.) Donald O. Young, as a candidate competing for selection to the Youth Leadership Conference. Board members from the Jackson Chapter of MOWW reviewed resumes and conducted interviews of students from across the metro area and selected Cadet SFC Parker and other students from the Jackson Metro to attend the four-day Youth Leadership Conference in Huntsville. Over 80 other high school students from Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee attended the conference.
The students were divided into small groups and progressed through the three divisions of the conference: Leadership, Free Enterprise, and American Heritage. The top – performing students from each group were chosen to appear before a selection panel for consideration as the overall top male and female student. Cadet SFC Parker received perfect scores from all panel members and was the unanimous selection as overall top male student.
Cadet SFC Parker is an 11th grade scholar at Terry High School with a grade point average of 3.6. He serves as Platoon Leader in his JROTC Company, is a member of the Terry High School Band, Boy Scouts of America, and Mu Alpha Theta.
“Attending the conference has instilled in me a sense of confidence. It has given me a sense of duty to lead and to also strive to be the best I can no matter where I am or what I’m doing,” said Parker, who was invited to serve as a student leader at next year’s conference.