By Sgt. Maj. (R) Rudy CarterJune 29, 2018
Dedication, commitment, and determination are just a few words that describe Donavia "Angel" Walker. Walker, who is a second-year JROTC cadet at Winter Haven High School, Winter Haven Florida recently attended JROTC Cadet Leader Challenge summer camp at Camp Flaming Arrow, Lake Wales, Florida. She who was born with the condition Bilateral Amelia - a condition in which she was born with no arms.
Even though she was born with the condition, Walker refused to let her condition slow her down at JCLC. Walker said she learned a lot of and she also improved her leadership skills.
"I learned how to use a compass and locate things on a map, and I also learned how other schools do things differently in their JROTC programs," she said. "Attending the camp really taught me how to be a better leader and how to be more responsible. I can use what I have learned at JCLC to help improved WHHS JROTC program."
During the four-day summer camp, Walker refused to let her condition limit her ability to enjoy herself and have fun. In fact, with additional safety measures in place to ensure her safety, she was able to participate in all JCLC activities with the limited assistance from the camp staff.
"I enjoyed the activities at JCLC and I also enjoyed meeting new people from other schools. JCLC has brought me closer to other cadets from my school who I didn't really know," Walker said.
Every activity Walker participated in brought cheers and applause from her fellow cadets. She definitely inspired the cadets in her by her will and determination.
"I am very proud of her. She inspired me," said Winter Haven High School cadet Jazmine Hadley. Hadley was Walker's "battle buddy" during the camp.