2010-12-31 / Education

It’s been a win–win season for Richland Northeast’s NJROTC

Contributed by Richland Northeast High School

The Richland Northeast High School Junior Naval ROTC finished the semester with five First Place Overall trophies—one for each meet in which they competed. The team won its latest trophy at the Summerville High School Drill Meet in December, where they competed against five other schools from South Carolina and Georgia.

“Twenty cadets from each school participated in a uniform inspection, and our school won first in that,” said Jessica Cornell. “Our air rifle team came in fourth place, which is a major improvement for us. We came in first in unarmed and armed platoon as well as varsity color guard. Our academic team came in second.”

Cornell, along with team members Tyler Brickner and Princess Ruff, placed in the top ten on the academic test. Flavio Solis, Kristy Thomas, Daija King, Malcolm Jones, and Rodrick Weston placed in the top ten for unarmed knockout against nearly 150 other cadets.

In addition, the RNE NJROTC took first in the physical training competition, in which four boys and four girls competed in sit–ups and push–ups: among the males, Solis performed the most combined push–ups and sit–ups, with Kenya Bradley topping the females.

At the Myrtle Beach Drill Meet the week before, “We took First Place Overall, winning six of the 14 events,” said Stephen Anderjack, USN CDR(Ret) and RNE’s Senior Naval Science Instructor. “We placed second in academics with Jessica Cornell scoring highest and Tyler Brickner scoring third highest.”

Sixteen schools from throughout North and South Carolina participated with the RNE drill team placing first in platoon unarmed, platoon armed, varsity color guard, fancy platoon unarmed, individual, and unarmed squad. The drill team came in second in female unarmed squad and armed fancy duo and third in freshmen color guard.

The academic team came in second—Cornell, a Horizon junior recently tapped for the RNE National Honor Society, had the overall highest score on the academic test against about 75 other cadets; Brickner, a junior, scored third highest on the academic test and in the top five in knockout drill. Maria Riveria–Perez came in second in knockout.

In recognition of the drill team’s success, the Fort Jackson 187th Ordnance Battalion presented each member with a certificate at a ceremony before winter break. Three members also received a challenge coin: Flavio Solis, drill team commander; Eli Goodwin, the RNE unit’s commanding officer; and Rodrick Weston, who placed first in unarmed knockout at last year’s nationals out of nearly 500 cadets.

Members of the RNE NJROTC for 2010–2011 are Justin Adorno, Henry Arroyo, Brittney Ayala, Cody Bieschke, Dynasty Blakely, Kenya Bradley, Tyler Brickner, Jessica Cornell, Christopher Cortes, Devin Gamble, Calvin Gamez, Eli Goodwin, Brianna Davis Scott, Trey Jeffcoat, Malcolm Jones, Briena King, Daija King, Olivia Livingtson, Shantell Miller, Ja’Bria Owens, Carlos Ramos, Maria Riveria–Perez, Onyx Riviera–Perez, Flavio Solis, Kristy Thomas, Owen Thomas, and Rodrick Weston.

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