JROTC wins at regionals

May. 19, 2013 @ 08:44 AM

The R-S Central JROTC Drill Team recently competed at the Marine Corps JROTC Regional Drill Championships in Alexandria, Va.

The team brought home trophies in five of the eight events contested including personnel inspection, armed platoon, unarmed platoon, unarmed squad and first-year unarmed squad.

The team is in Region 6, which covers a seven-state area stretching from Delaware to South Carolina. Approximately fifty Marine Corps JROTC units competed for spots at the championships; only thirteen qualified. This is the highest level championship for Marine Corps units. The team earned the right to compete by scoring high finishes at a number of local meets throughout the year.

Commanders for the regional meet were Cadet Captain Tommy Stover; Cadet Gunnery Sergeant Cody Sims; Cadets Staff Sergeant James Keator, Laura McCombs and Dustin Whitaker; Cadet Sergeant Emma Nance and Cadet Corporal Will Bunch.

Sims earned honors as the best commander for the unarmed squad competition. In addition, Cadet Lance Corporal Jonathan McEntire brought home a medal in the armed knockout drill competition.

“The entire team has improved all year. This was our best performance so far," said Gunnery Sergeant Erin Currington, team coach. "The cadets worked hard to get to this point and the commanders led them without error. I am very proud of them all.”

The team also had some sightseeing opportunities while on the trip. One of the favorites was the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, VA. Other sites visited included several of the Smithsonian’s museums, numerous monuments and memorials on Washington’s National Mall and Virginia’s Luray Caverns.

The results of this year’s regional academic championships were also announced at the meet. R-S Central finished fifth in the event bringing home a trophy in this competition for the first time.