The Pacific High School MCJROTC has been awarded the distinction as a Naval Honor School for the 10th time in the past 11 years.

JROTC leaders recently were notified that PHS earned the distinction for the 2016-17 school year.

“This is an honor for me and a tribute to the JROTC cadets and our great Marine Corps instructor Sgt. Maj. Erik Shirreffs,” said CWO Brian Cain, retired Marine officer, who leads the program.

Cain added that the success of the cadet program can be tied to the support the program receives from Pacific High School and the Meramec Valley School Board.

“We always get the support that we need,” he said. “It truly takes everyone to make a successful JROTC program.”

Shirreffs noted that the Pacific JROTC has sent teams to compete in marksmanship, rifle drill and team competition in the past year.

“This is the trifecta of JROTC accomplishment,” Shirreffs said.

The commanding general of the Marine Corps training and education command, in Quantico, Va., gives the award each year to the best programs from around the globe for this nationally accredited honor.

“Only the top 10 percent of schools in the nation receive this distinction from a list of more than 250 programs worldwide,” Cain said.

The selection is based on several criteria including the number of community service hours for the unit, the number of organizations assisted by the unit and scholastic achievements including the number of academic awards and scholarships given to cadets.

The units also are measured by participation in public affairs events, drill team competitions, rifle team competitions, physical fitness team competitions and field trips.

Because of this status, the PHS unit will have the opportunity to send nominations to the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy and the Military Academy at West Point.