Student Spotlight – Robert McGuire and Thomas Manley

Two boys in Navy uniformsPlymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) sophomores Robert McGuire and Thomas Manley were awarded certificates earlier this month for completing different training programs within the United States Naval Sea Cadets Corps (USNSCC).

Maguire, a Scholastic Honor Roll student at PWHS, passed the Petty Officer Leadership Academy (POLA) course, which is designed for Sea Cadets who are rising leaders within the USNSCC. The POLA course is academically intense, requires regular participation in lectures and small group discussions, requires significant reading each night and is both reflective and theory based.

Manly, a Distinguished Honor Roll student with a perfect GPA at PWHS, completed the Emergency Medical Seminar (EMS) course instructed by Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics, Navy Hospital Corpsmen, and other medical professionals. The focus was on emergency medicine, including CPR, AED, splinting, shock, controlling bleeding, immobilizing patients and lifting and moving patients.

The USNSCC is the only federally-sponsored nationwide youth association within the U.S. Department of Defense. It has also been designated by the United States Coast Guard as their primary youth program. One weekend a month McGuire and Manley train at the Coast Guard Training Center in Philadelphia. They both hope to pursue careers as Naval Officers.