PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Master Sergeant (MSG) Maranda McCorvey said being back at Pascagoula High reminded her of the old school days. The PSH graduate is an accomplished soldier, who returned home to share her military pictures, awards, and personal experiences with some JROTC cadets.
"That's number one, serving my country, because I am definitely a patriot," MSG McCorvey said.
McCorvey's patriotic spirit and desire to travel led her to sign up for the United States Armed Forces 25 years ago. She told the young people if they're considering a career in the military, it's one of the most important commitments they will ever make.
"We protect our country. That is why the people in the Untied States have the freedom, because of the men and women that put their lives at risk every day."
JROTC Instructor Arthur Reynolds said joining the military seems to be popular these days among his students. For example, he said this year's JROTC class increased by nearly 30 percent.
"They are looking at it as a viable way to get an education, travel and support their families." Reynolds said.
Freshman Kasondra Fagan is from a military family and said meeting MSG McCorvey has encouraged her to consider the military as part of her future.
"I want to be just like them because they are great role models for me," Fagan said.
MSG McCorvey currently works at Camp Shelby. She has won two national awards since joining the military.