SALINA, Kan., Jan. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- When St. John's Military School Cadet Reece Turner looks back on his sophomore year of high school, a year he spent at a large public high school in Texas, he pauses, before saying, "I was surprised to see how the students in my high school were behaving. I had been enrolled at St. John's Military School for the previous four years. I realized then that St. John's had put me on a whole other maturity level. My family and I had decided I should go home to Texas for my sophomore year, but looking back, I regret that I left St. John's for that year."
Today, in his senior year at the all-boys, military boarding school in Salina, Kansas, Reece is the battalion executive officer- the second highest ranking cadet on campus. He'll be graduating in the spring with offers from ten colleges, nearly $80,000 in total offered scholarships, and plans to study either political science, or neuropathology, while playing soccer.
The road that led Reece to his current place of earned success, was not without its challenges, but it was a road lined with family members and mentors who supported him every step of the way.
Reece was born in Tobolsk, Russia, the historic capital of Siberia, then home to about 93,000 people.
"The conditions of Reece's early childhood were that of neglect," said Shirley Turner, Reece's adopted mother. "He was living in a very poor orphanage with barely any food, or toys. Such deprivation for children is devastating."
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