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Veteran’s 5k Registration

This year we are hosting the 6th Annual Rapids Run for Veterans 5K. Every year the James River High School NJROTC holds a race on the week before veterans day to raise money for veterans. All of the proceeds go to helping veterans in need. This year we are supporting the Fisher House.
Registration prices are as followed:
Active duty or veterans registration $10
Teacher registration – $12.50
Regular/other registration – $20
The race will take place on November 9th at 9:00 AM at James River High School. We welcome to walk up registrations, but you will not be guaranteed a t-shirt. All who register before October 17th  are guaranteed a t-shirt. For any questions, contact us at
To sign up, fill out the google form below.  You will use PayPal to make payments.  Do not “chip in” anonymously, we need to match your form to your payment.
Thank you for supporting such a worthy cause.

It’s time to engage your Amazon Smile supporters…

With our ever present methods of supporting the James River High school NJROTC’s  you can now help fund our unit with our newest supporter, Amazon Smiles. Fathers day is right around the corner and there is no better place to shop for a last minute gift then the link provided below. By shopping on the link below, Amazon will give back a portion of the money spent.  Amazon Smiles is the perfect place to shop gifts for any circumstances and I personally encourage all of the cadets to click the link below and start shopping now. 

End of the Year Banquet 2019

On May 18th, it was an eventful night for the NJROTC cadets for sure. With a night full of remembrance for the graduating seniors, to the awards ceremony that followed, and to the many more exciting things that happened. This ceremony was hosted at the Thomas R. Fulghum Conference Center, and was a perfect setup for the use of the ceremony. This EOY banquet not only marked the end of a great school year, but also marked the beginning of a new legacy to be made within the unit. The ceremony was kicked off with the returning Color Guard Commander c/ENS Dillon Brandau who provided a wonderful presentation of the colors to. After the colors had been presented and carried off i a honorable manner, the rising Honor Guard Commander c/LtJg Samuel Raymond informed us on the missing man table and how much importance it held within that round table. Then, once everyone had held a time of memorial for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, after which dinner commenced.

As dinner came to a close, CDR Peter Greenwald, the SNSI walked up to the podium to give some memories he had seen over the years that had been created by that graduating class of seniors: c/SA Jade Delany, c/SN Kayla Jenkins, c/PO1 Mantas Durktenis, c/PO1 Elijah Russell, c/CPO Tylicia Singleton, c/ENS Clark Brandau, c/LtJg Daniel Cappiello, c/SN Austin Cramer, c/CPO Gustavo DeMatos, c/ENS Lesslie Hernandez, c/Lt Mason Morris, c/LDCR Kiara Prera, c/PO2 Ebony Ross, c/PO1 Nicholas Wells. Once Commander Peter Greenwald came to a close he then handed the microphone to the c/LDCR Kiara Prera who would share some memories she had made while in NJROTC.


To follow such an amazing night already, would be the recognition of those cadets who went above and beyond to become the best of the best.


Navy League Top Cadet Award:  This award was given to c/LDCR Kiara Prera for striving for above and beyond and distinguished herself as being the best among the other cadets.


Navy League Theodore Roosevelt Award (Youth Medal): This award was given to c/Lt Alexander Wade for demonstrating incredible improvement in his 2nd/3rd year and showed great commitment to not only extracurricular events residing within JROTC, but also showing dedication to the academic side of school. 


AMVETS Junior ROTC award: This award was given to c/LDCR Ben Doniger because of his outsanding personal appearance and keeping an A in NJROTC in the multiple years he has been in it.


Military Order of the World  MOWW JROTC Award Wars: This award was given to c/ENS Dillon Brandau for outstanding accomplishment, for the love and patriotism, and for doing an overall great job over the years. 


Sons of the American Revolution: This award was given to c/ENS Joseph Kleinsorgan for his excellent academics, a cadet in good standings all year long, and for showing excellent leadership.


Military Order of the Purple Heart: This awards was given to c/LtJg Samuel Raymond for having a B or better in all subjects and for doing all of this even though he isn’t a senior.

TROA Award: This award was given to c/PO1 Shaun Finchum for being a great cadet and showing how great of a leader he truly is.


Military Officer Association of American TROA Award: This award was given to c/SCPO Frederick Hines for showing himself as a leader and developing as a great cadet.


Surface Navy Association Stephen Decatur Award: This award was given to c/PO1 Delveon Hamilton and c/CPO Savannah Peck for having a B in NJROTC and all other Subjects.

Order of Daedalians Daedalians JROTC Achievement Award: This award was given to c/LtJg Christopher Cosby for being in the top 20% of his NJROTC class and also in the top 10% of his graduating class.


Scottish Rite Award: This award was given c/SN Harrison Calhoun for being in 25% of his class while at the samtime being a Naval Science two student.

Non Commissioned Officer Awards: This award was given to c/PO1 Elijah Russell, c/CPO Mac Swineford, and c/PO1 Omar Cabrera for being oustanding non commissioned officers.

      After the major medals were handed out it was time to recognize the two major teams within James River who made it to the national level of competition. The first team we congratulate is the Brain Brawl team for making it pretty far in the national competition, and even beat Green Run High school. The second team we were mentioning in the ceremony was the air rifle team for ranking sixth in the state and becoming the team to beat in our division of schools. 

Now we move onto the ribbons that would be handed out…

The Distinguished Cadet Ribbon: This ribbon was given to c/LDCR Kiara Prera, c/SCPO Hines, c/LCDR Ben Doniger, and c/PO1 Delveon Hamilton for being cade4ts who excel in all aspects of NJROTC


The Honor Cadet Ribbon: This ribbon was given to c/PO1 Henry, c/LDCR Ben Doniger, c/Lt Alexander Wade, c/ENS Clark Brandau for having the highest grade point average of all the cadets in their year.

Outstanding NS4: c/ENS Clark Brandau, c/CPO Gustavo DeMatos, c/Lt Mason Morris, c/LDCR Kiara Prera, c/ENS Lesslie Hernandez

Outstanding NS3: c/Lt Stella Crump, c/ENS Joseph Kleinsorgan, c/ENS Thomas Luther, c/CPO Savannah Peck, c/ENS Daniel Ruffin, c/Lt Alexander Wade, c/SN Krau, c/CPO Ryan Watson

Outstanding NS2: c/ENS Dillon Brandau, c/PO3 Ayden Constantino, c/LtJg Christopher Cosby, c/LDCR Ben Doniger, c/PO1 Shaun Finchum, c/SCPO Fred Hines, c/PO1 Colin Murphy, c/LtJg Samuel Raymond, c/PO1 Elijah Russell, c/CPO Mac Swineford, c/SN Harrison Calhoun, c/PO1 Mantas Durktenis

Outstanding NS1: c/SN Benjamin, c/SA Bradley, c/PO1 Hamilton, c/PO1 Henry, c/SN Holt, c/ENS Tocarchik, c/SN Jenkins, c/SA Bartee, c/SN Moro, c/SN Newton, c/PO2 Sarpong, c/SA Whitney

Military Aptitude

c/ENSBrandau, D
c/SN Butler
c/PO1 Cabrera
c/Lt Crump
c/CPO De Matos
c/LDCR Doniger
c/PO1 Finchum
c/SCPO Hines*
c/PO1 Murphy*
c/CPO Peck
c/LDCR Prera
c/LtJg Raymond
c/ENS Ruffin
c/PO1 Russell*
c/CPO Singleton*
c/CPO Swineford
c/Lt Wade*
c/PO1 Hamilton
c/PO1 Henry
c/SN Holt
c/SA Rodriguez, C

Exemplary Conduct

Druktenis Bickford
Harcum Brandau, D
Hernandez Butler
Calhoun Cabrera
Hall Constantino
Kraus Cosby
Reliford Cramer
Vanderpool Doniger
Bartee Finchum
Brown HInes
Crim Morris
Delaney Murphy
Fields Peck
Fyffe Prera
Gaafar Raymond
Geter Russell
Harris Wade
Huang Benjamin
Moro Bradley
Newton Chashkin
Sarpong Hamilton
Smith Henry

Exemplary Personal Appearance

Druktenis Brandau, K
Hernandez, L Cabrera
Hall, M Cosby
Kelchner Crump
Kraus Doniger
Penny Hines
Watson Kleinsorgen
Fields Murphy
Moro Peck
Sarpong Prera
Whitney Raymond
Rodriguez, C

Frocking of the new servant leadership team:

Unit Commander: Ben Doniger, promoted to cadet lieutenant commander.
Executive Officer: Alexander Wade, promoted to cadet lieutenant.
Chief of Staff: Stella Crump, promoted to cadet lieutenant.
Operations Officer: Chris Cosby, promoted to cadet lieutenant junior grade.

Administration Officer: Julia Tocarchik, promoted to cadet ensign/

Supply Officer: Joseph Kleinsorgan, promoted to cadet ensign.
Platoon Leader: Omar Cabrera, promoted to cadet petty officer first class
First Lieutenant: Daniel Ruffin, promoted to cadet ensign.
Chaplain: Patrick Shashaty, promoted to cadet petty officer second class.

Honor Guard Commander: Samuel Raymond, promoted to cadet lieutenant junior grade.
Communications Officer: Ethan Henry, promoted to cadet petty officer first class.
Academic Team Lead: Christopher Cosby, promoted to cadet lieutenant junior grade.
Color Guard Commander: Dillon Brandau, promoted to cadet ensign.
Senior Enlisted Advisor: Frederick Hines, advanced to cadet senior chief petty officer.
Physical Fitness Officer: Frederick Hines, advanced to cadet senior chief petty officer.
Medical Technician: Campbell Fields, advanced to petty officer third class.
Fundraising Officer: Bailah Yeatts, advanced to cadet petty officer third class.
Mass Media Specialist: Delveon Hamilton, advanced to cadet petty officer first class.
Weapons Officer: Patrick Shashaty, advanced to cadet petty officer first class.
Morale Welfare and Recreation Officer: Savannah Peck, advanced to cadet chief petty officer first class.
Orienteering Team Lead: Delveon Hamilton, advanced to cadet petty officer first class.
Raiders Team Lead: Colin Murphy, advanced to cadet petty officer first class.
Air Rifle Team Lead: Shaun Finchum, advanced to cadet petty officer first class.
Assistant Physical Fitness Officer: Colin murphy, advanced to cadet petty officer first class.
Gunners Mate: Omar Cabrera, advanced to cadet petty officer first class.

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After this remarkable ceremony ended I can say I didn’t see any cadets without a smile on their face. This ceremony brought great joy to not only those awardees family who came out, but also the awardees themselves for realizing that their hardwork went noticed. Now that everyone has gained many chest candies and new ranks and what not it was time to cut the cake and serve cake.

I would like to formally thank all of the parents, cadets, and all of the special guests who came out to support the final ending ceremony for the NJROTC unit here at James River. thank you and have agreat rest of y’alls weekend.

Memorial Day Assembly 2019


On Friday, May 24th, It was an eventful day for all of the N.J.R.O.T.C. Cadets here at James River High School. This memorial day was a day to remember for sure. All cadets standing in unison to support the some who gave all including the two James River Alumni’s who put their live’s on the line to enable the freedoms of the United States of America. As we recognize the sacrifices LCpl Linn and LCpl Grez gave we the cadets would also like to recognize everyone who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the best country in the world. Thanks to everyone who came out for support and to all those who were included within the ceremony. Have a wonderful memorial day weekend.

Brain Brawl Nationals!

Congratulations to our JRHS Brain Brawl team, which consisted of cadets Brandau C, Cosby, Crump, Doniger, and Raymond!  For the second year in a row they competed in the Brain Brawl nationals competition, where they faced off against 24 of the best teams in the country, such as South Effingham and North Cobb.   Overall, they finished in 16th place, and they placed 2nd out of competing schools from Area 5.


During the trip to Daytona, the cadets received the outstanding opportunity to tour both the Citadel, the USS Yorktown, as well as Embry Riddle University in Daytona Beach!  Special thanks to our hosts at Embry Riddle University, which is home to one of the most prestigious ROTC units in the country!

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The competition is only getting tougher, so let’s give it our all on each step of the road to nationals for next year!

Military Ball 2019

On March 23rd, the annual Military Ball took place at the Double Tree.  While there are many things throughout the year that get our attention, no year is truly complete without this traditional ball.  Throughout the night, cadets from several different units gathered to celebrate and enjoy themselves in the traditional ball.  There was great food, guest speakers, a senior graduation ceremony, and of course, the dance!


Special thanks to our instructors, speakers, and hosts at the Double Tree who made it all happen!

Area 5 Brain Brawl 2019

On March 23rd, cadets Brandau C, Cosby, Crump, Doniger, and Raymond competed in the Area 5 Brain Brawl championship!  The stakes were high in this championship round, and they came out on top!  JRHS’s Brain Brawl team scored the most overall points throughout the day against 8 teams, and landed second place in the final championship round.  This means James River is going to nationals with Green Run and Princess Anne!


Amazing job Brain Brawlers!  Get ready for nationals!

Area 5 2019

Congratulations to the 40 cadets who traveled to Virginia Beach for this year’s Area 5 Invitational!  The privilege of going to Area 5 is a long and arduous fight, and the cadets earned every bit of it!  For the 3rd time in the unit’s history, and the 2nd time in a row, this is with no doubts an outstanding accomplishment.

The 2 day period was full of competition and celebration.  Here are some highlights!

Armed Exhibition, lead by c/ENS Stella Crump


Armed Basic, led by c/ENS Samuel Raymond


Uniform Personnel Inspection Team, led by c/LCDR Kiara Prera


Unarmed Basic Team, led by c/CPO Ryan Watson


Color Guard Team, led by c/ENS Dillon Brandau


Due to weather, cadets were unable to compete in the relay.  However, push ups and curl ups were still good to go!


Special thanks to our seniors, who stayed with the unit through thick and thin.  They guided our teams through the years, and taught everything they knew.  While this was their last drill meet, they will always be present with us in spirit, even as they move onto their own paths.

Outstanding job, cadets!  Let’s fight and pray for another year at Area 5 in 2020!