On Wednesday, 8 March, JRHS NJROTC held an All-Company formation recognizing several cadets for outstanding effort over the past month. Several Cadets received their PT ribbons and the top ten scorers on the National Academic Exam were given medals; in addition, Cadet Wright was advanced to the rank of Cadet Seaman and Cadet Logan Easingwood was officially named as Color Guard Commander. This month’s Cadets of the Month are as follows:
(NS1) c/SN Ryan Watson: Recognized for outstanding commitment to Drill Team and Raiders.
(Upperclassman) c/SA Leslie Hernandez: Recognized for her outstanding commitment to the Air Rifle Team and PT team.
Bravo Zulu, cadets! Job well done!
On Saturday, 11 February, the JRHS NJROTC Drill Team traveled to Lee-Davis High School to compete in the Lee-Davis Drill Meet. Hoping to end off the season on a high note, the cadets put forth a good showing, gaining points in Uniform Personnel Inspection and placing third in Armed Basic and Second in Color Guard. Despite some difficulties involving scoring, which were rectified with the help of cadets Willett and Popp, the meet ran well and the cadets enjoyed themselves. Whether or not our unit makes it to Area Five Championships at this point, we can certainly say that this season was a good one! Hoorah, cadets! Job well done!
On February 4th, JRHS NJROTC drill team traveled to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek/Fort Story in Norfolk to compete in the Princess Anne Cavalier Drill Meet. Held at the same venue used for Area 5 Drill Championships, the team placed sixth against 10 other top tier teams, including three teams who placed in Nationals last year. Although our teams did not bring home any trophies, Armed Exhibition gained 16 points in the two-event tally, while Armed Standard matched their best score for the season! Hoorah, cadets! Job well done!
On Saturday, 10 December, 2016, the JRHS Drill Team traveled to King George High School in King George County, VA, to compete in the King George Drill Meet. Facing stiff competition from many other units (including a Marine Corps ROTC unit), our teams performed quite well. The UPI team secured a second place finish, our highest placing this season in that event, and Cadets May and Willett were two of ten finalists in a game of armed knockout (which, despite not being a scored event, managed to raise morale). This meet was a good way to end off the 2016 calendar year; however, there’s still a few more months left on the road to Area 5 Championships. Keep checking our website for more information on how our unit is doing.
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On Saturday, 12 November, the Drill and Athletic teams traveled to Osbourne Park High School to compete in the Osbourne Park Combined Meet. The teams put out a good showing at this final combined meet of this year’s season, placing Third in both Academics and the 8x200m Relay. Cadet LTjg Zachary Popp also tied for Second Place in the individual Academic score category. Despite not bringing home as many trophies as usual, the Drill and PT teams still managed to gain points toward the Area 5 two-event tally in many events, including UPI. Congratulations to all Cadets who stuck out the long day!
On Saturday, 22 October, JRHS NJROTC traveled to Potomac High School in Prince William County to compete in the Second Annual Potomac Combined Meet. Facing tough competition from some of Area Five’s top units, the unit secured a first place win in Unarmed Exhibition Drill and a third place finish in overall drill. Hoorah Cadets! Job well done!
On Friday, 4 November, 2016, JRHS NJROTC hosted the annual JRHS Veterans’ Day Ceremony. This year’s theme was in honor of all Veterans who served our nation during the Cold War and the Ceremony featured a Roundtable discussion with several veterans who answered questions submitted by James River students about their time in uniform. After the ceremony, the Cadets and veterans reported to the Memorial for a wreath-laying ceremony.
- Official Party:
- Lieutenant Colonel Phil Koren, US Army (Ret.)
- Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Ritchie, Virginia Army Reserve National Guard
- Master Sergeant George Corbett, US Army (Ret.)
- Specialist Carl Robinson, US Army (Ret.)
- Dr. Jennifer Coleman, Principal, James River High School
- Center for Leadership and International Relations
- National Anthem:
- Color Guard:
- c/ENS Aundrae May, Right Rifle
- c/ENS Spencer Willett, American Flag
- c/PO2 Clark Brandau, Navy Flag
- c/PO2 Kiara Prera, Right Rifle
- Armed Forces Tribute:
- Light/Sound Direction:
- Side Boys:
- c/ENS Victor Bellamah
- c/ENS Anthony Ing
- c/CPO Quinn Lilly
- c/CPO Thomas Kaupish
- c/SN Gustavo De’Matos
- c/SN Logan Easingwood
- c/SN Joel Ezell
- c/SA Stella Crump
- Bosun’s Whistle:
- Bell Ringer:
- c/LTjg Emma Friedrich
- c/LTjg Daniel Markey
- c/ENS Alex Freeman
- Memorial Walk Detail:
- c/SA Jesse Oliva
- c/SA Stella Crump
- c/SA Savva Sidorov
- c/SA Eric Alvarenga
- c/CPO Devin Lowe
- c/ENS Anthony Ing
- c/ENS Spencer Willett
- c/LTjg Thomas Shashaty
Each year, every NJROTC unit is required to undergo an inspection by a Navy officer to ensure that the Unit is operating as prescribed by NJROTC regulations. This year, we were fortunate enough to be inspected by none other than the Area 5 Manager himself, Captain Jim Daniels. Over the course of the day, Captain Daniels, the other military personnel who assisted with the inspection, and members of the JRHS Administration team and Cadet Parent Organization were briefed by Company Staff on the day-to-day operations of the unit, followed by a unit-wide uniform personnel inspection and a ceremonial pass in review. Several Cadets were awarded ribbons and frocked to new ranks in front of their parents. At the very end of the day, Captain Daniels stuck around to shoot targets with our Air Rifle Team. Below is a comprehensive list of the awards. If you have pictures or video of this event, please send them to our Communications Officer at email@example.com
Exemplary Personal Appearance Ribbon
This ribbon is presented to those Cadets selected during AMI by the Inspecting Officer whose uniform appearance is outstanding amongst their fellow cadets.
c/SA Alvarenga, 2-Oscar Platoon
c/SN Davies, 4-Echo Platoon
c/SA Johnson, 4-Echo Platoon
c/SA Cramer, 4-Oscar Platoon
c/SN Easingwood, 4-Oscar Platoon
c/PO3 Morris, 3-Oscar Platoon
c/PO2 Prera, Platoon Leader, 3-Oscar Platoon
c/PO2 Yong, Color Guard Commander
c/SR Castillo, 2-Echo Platoon
c/SA Crump, 2-Echo Platoon
This ribbon is awarded to Cadets who have attended at least one orienteering event.
c/SA Ebony Ross
Air Rifle Ribbon
This ribbon is awarded to Cadets who have participated in at least one Air Rifle Postal.
The following Cadets were advanced in rank. New ranks are reflected on this list.
Cadet Petty Officer Second Class Daniel Cappiello
Cadet Petty Officer Second Class Jack Pearcy
Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Zachary Popp, Communications Officer
Captain Jim Daniels, Area Manager, NJROTC Area Five
Colonel Bill Barret, Acting NSI
Mrs. Joy Mullins, US Navy League
Ms. Marcie Terry, Assistant Principal, James River High School
Mrs. Laura Faulcon, Assistant Principal, James River High School
Mr. Kevin Brandau, President, JRHS NJROTC Cadet Parent Organization
JRHS Center for Leadership and International Relations
JRHS Yearbook Photographers
All Inspectors who assisted with the inspection process
All Parents who came out to support their sons and daughters
On Saturday, November 5th 2016, JRHS NJROTC partnered with the JRHS Center for Leadership and International Relations to host the Third Annual Rapids Run for Veterans 5K. With participants ranging from Cadets to Teachers and other adults, the 5K raised funds for the Fisher House organization, which helps families of Veterans undergoing medical treatment away from home to have a place to stay. Each participant received a shirt and a special shirt was given to the top two finishers, military veterans, and a running club who came out to participate. The top finisher, James River Government Teacher Mr. Alexander Addison, also received a memorial plaque. We would like to thank that Cadets and Leadership students who volunteered and our Commanding Officer, c/LTCDR John Booker, for organizing this event. We hope to see many of the volunteers and runners back here next year as well.
On 15 October, 2016, JRHS NJROTC hosted the fifth annual Knock Off the Rust drill meet. Despite preparations for homecoming and AMI, the unit was able to keep the meet running smoothly. BZ to all cadets and parents who came out to assist with the meet. Results are listed below.
- Academics: Second Place
- Top overall individual score: c/ENS Zachary Popp
- Armed Exhibition: Third Place
- Unarmed Standard: Third Place
- Unarmed Exhibition: Second Place
- Overall Drill: Third Place
- Overall Meet: Third Place