Macomb H.S., military graduate takes the next step towards her career

MACOMB — Last year, Macomb High School student Renata Sturlic chose to spend her summer vacation in basic training, from which she graduated in August, 2017. She is now taking her next step: towards a degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration at Western Illinois University.
Sturlic left for Army Advanced Individual Training for Military Police on August 7 this year. On October 19, she participated in her company’s Rite of Passage ceremony. She was named Distinguished Honor Graduate of E Company 787, meaning she excelled on her training tests and received peak scores on her physical training tests. She graduated from training on Thursday this week.
“One thing that she really credited to her doing so well was the training she received through the Macomb Police Department's Explorers Program,” her mother, Melissa Sturlic, said. “She really credited Officer Marass in overseeing the training for Explorers. She also credits the preparation of the National Guard's India Company RSP unit out of Galesburg,”
Sturlic and her family are well-acquainted with the military. Her father, Renato Sturlic, served in the Army Reserve, then the National Guard. Sturlic, who said she has always been interested in helping and protecting others, was recognized by the Macomb Police Department in 2016 as the Explorer of the Year, along with several other awards during her time in the program.
“The plan right now is that she will … do recruiting activities for the National Guard until she starts school at WIU in the Spring,” Sturlic’s mother said in an email to the Voice. “She'll be working towards a Law Enforcement degree and there are plans for ROTC.”
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