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Gadsden High JROTC instructor honored by Tuberville as ‘Veteran of the Month’

WASHINGTON – Recognized for his work with students, and not just his JROTC classes, Army Lt. Col. Wayne Davenport of Trussville has been named by U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville as his July “Veteran of the Month.”

Davenport serves as JROTC Instructor and Scholars Bowl Coach at Gadsden High School. Gadsden High’s Scholars Bowl JROTC Academic Team recently won both the Army and Joint Services Competitions in Washington, D.C.

“When we think of coaches, we often think of athletic coaches. But our students also need dedicated academic coaches, like U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Wayne Davenport of Trussville, Alabama,” Tuberville (R-Auburn) said. “Because of his gift for building successful teams, Wayne was chosen to help redesign the special forces group following 9/11. His blueprint is still used to this day.

“And for 15 years, he has been using his talents to help students find confidence and reach new heights as the JROTC Instructor at Gadsden High School. His supervisor describes him as a ‘Godsend.'”

Recently, Gadsden High’s JROTC team became the first program in Alabama to place as one of the most elite 32 Academic Bowl teams out of more than 2,000 teams in the World.

“But, that’s not all,” Tuberville said. “Wayne also serves as the coach for Gadsden High’s Scholars Bowl team, where he has led four teams to the National Championship.

“Now, he is training elementary teachers on how to begin preparing students at an early age so that Alabama’s students can compete at all levels with other states.”

Tuberville recognizes an Alabama veteran each month for their service and contribution to their community. To nominate an Alabama veteran, submit their information to Tuberville’s office at [email protected].

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