Enid High JROTC instructor is named Outstanding Instructor

Enid High School Air Force ROTC instructor Michael Nelson poses with cadets Yeeun Lee, Ella Hubbard, Emily Kinney and Max Benge after receiving a trophy at the state competition. 

ENID, Okla. — Enid High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps instructor, retired Air Force Tech Sgt. Michael Nelson, was named an Outstanding Instructor for the 2019-20 school year.

Nelson is one of 16 AFJROTC instructors to receive the accolade and the only instructor to receive the honor in Oklahoma, competing against 120 educators in the region. Headquarters for AFJROTC announced the winners on Facebook, saying the instructors recognized “represent the best of the best.”

“We are very proud of how far our EHS AFJROTC program has come in the last few years. Furthermore, we know that a lot of our success is due to our two fantastic instructors, Col. Lance Murray and Sgt. Michael Nelson,” said Dudley Darrow, EHS principal. “We could not be prouder of Mr. Nelson for earning this accolade, and we look forward to seeing him continue to contribute to our EHS AFJROTC’s future growth & success.”

Nelson has been with EHS since March 2017 and has served as the aerospace science instructor at EHS with the AFJROTC since January 2018. He also was named EHS volleyball head coach in February. He has been instrumental in establishing a growing ROTC program at EHS.

Nelson expressed his thanks after receiving the recognition.

“First, I would like to thank my wife, Lea and our two kids for supporting me in all that I do,” Nelson said. “Secondly, I am blessed to have the greatest group of JROTC cadets in the world. I could not accept this honor today if it were not for who they are. Thanks to Enid Public Schools for all their support of our top-notch program.”

AFJROTC has more than 1,000 instructors across the nation working to develop students devoted to serving their nation and community.

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