COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Each middle school in Muscogee County offers the Junior Marshal Program.
Marshal Greg Countryman and the marshal's office hosted the 2018 Junior Marshal's Program graduation at Roz's Café and Catering to honor young men and women. Elected officials, parents, family, and friends were also part of the graduation.
The Junior Marshal Program aims to foster character development, prevent delinquent behavior, and provide positive interaction between public safety personnel, students, and their parents.
The program focuses on being better public servants and showing compassion to people. The acronym 'CLEFT" (citizenship, leadership, education, fun, and teamwork) is used to promote the program's focus.
Several schools were recognized for featuring the Junior Marshal Program and Joshua Wimberly was named Junior Marshal of the Year.
"This sort of clarifies for me that I'm doing what I'm supposed to do. I'm trying to remain at the top of my class because that is my end goal," said Wimberly.
Muscogee County School District School Board member Kia Chambers was the guest speaker.