by KELLEY GUSICH | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Confidence and Discipline

Westview High School senior Shelby Perucci has been involved with the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) for her entire high school career. NJROTC at Westview is a citizenship program teaching its cadets self-discipline and self-confidence to prepare them for life after high school, and Shelby has excelled in many aspects of the program.

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Shelby is executive officer, second in command for NJROTC. She is also a peer counselor, otherwise known as the “intervention officer.” Cadets can come to her with help on issues in their personal lives and school stresses. Achieving the rank of chief as a sophomore – usually a junior position – Shelby earned the honor of Cadet of the Year at that time. She was a platoon commander as a junior, PT commander for a year, and a drill team commander for three years.

“I look at ROTC as my home away from home”

“I have been on the competition team my entire high school career,” she affirmed. “I was a part of the four-time state champion teams.”

It may surprise people to know Shelbyalso used to race cars at Barona Speedway, and at one point she wrestled. Shelby loves babysitting and working with kids. She’d like to attend a two-year college to major in child development and minor in nutrition, with the goal of being an elementary school teacher with her own nutrition business. Her brother Cody is her biggest inspiration; he’s in the Marine Corps and helps her with workouts, pushing her body to the limits and always trying to be the best.

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NJROTC has taught Shelby an immense amount of knowledge about the military, leadership, and discipline. “It has also provided me with lifelong friendships and family,” she smiled. “I look at ROTC as my home away from home.”


Name: Shelby Perucci
School: Westview High School
Grade: 12
Parents: Michele and Corey Perucci
Sibling: Cody
Favorite Spots in 92129: Hilltop Community Park and Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve