Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sandy Creek ROTC Drill Team Wins Awards

Cadets show their excitement and proudly display their trophies after earning a third place overall finish at the Mundy’s Mill Invitational Classic Drill Meet. (L-R) Haylie Billingsley, Alexa Solano, Aleeia Marcelo, Vanessa Lara, Megan Shuford, Manuel Austria-Torices, Donald Loken, Tasha Marcelo, Dustin Gonzalez, Kaycee Hall, Caleb Davidson, Christopher High, Julian Hughes, Katrina McKennon, Benjamin Pickard, Samuel Dean, Kendrick Dixson, Yanni Ramlochun, Zaheer Tajani, Catherine Dougherty, Christian Powell and Derek Ansley. Cadets not pictured are Nereida Duran and Delsi Duran.

The Sandy Creek High Air Force Junior ROTC drill team placed in the top three at the Mundy’s Mill Invitational Classic Drill Meet.

Sandy Creek’s team, which is in its third year, had its best competition finish to-date, placing third out of a total of 10 Air Force Junior ROTC drill teams from area high schools.

Meet competition involves multiple events judged for precision and accuracy. Each drill routine must be executed with a set sequence of commands. The commands must be called out perfectly and the entire squad must perform each movement in unison.

In addition to the overall third place finish, the team also placed second in the Unarmed Regulation Drill, commanded by Cadet Katie McKennon, third in Unarmed Regulation Inspection and third in Armed Regulation Drill commanded by Kendrick Dixson.

Sandy Creek’s ROTC drill team practices after school with cadets going over each routine repeatedly to ensure proper execution. Chief Master Sergeant Mark Davidson oversees the team.
“These results are reflective of the hard work the cadets put into the preparation for this meet.
Each cadet was so proud of their efforts and so excited to bring back trophies. This type of performance further encourages the team to continue to excel in these types of competitions,” Davidson says.

The drill team will compete next in the Blue Devil Drill Meet in Marietta on December 12 and will likely participate in the state drill meet in March.

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