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AMI 2019 and Cadets of the Month

On February 6, Area 5 Manager Captain Jim Daniels visited our school for the biennial Area Manager Inspection.  This included a uniform inspection, drill presentation, marching pass and review, and an awards ceremony!  Here are some highlights!


The following cadets received awards:

Exemplary Personnel Appearance:
Cadets Bickford, Chashkin, Childress, Hamilton, Holt, Moro, Rodriguez C, Rodriguez H, and Vanderpool.

Physical Fitness:
Cadets Alveranga, Benjamin, Bonilla, Bradley, Brown, Cappiello, Carter, Cosby, Cramer, Crim, Crump, De Matos, Hernandez, Doniger, Druktenis, Eveline, Fields, Finchum, Hamilton, Harris, Henry, Hines, Holt, Jenkins, Luther, Mejia, Moore, Moro, Morris, Prera, Murphy, Newton, Perkins, Ramirez, Raymond, Rodriguez C, Ruffin, Russell, Sarpong, Sidorov, Singleton, Tocarchik, and Watson.

Color Guard:
Cadets Holt and Raymond

Academic Team:
c/SA Tocarchik

Drill Team:
Cadets Sarpong and Tocarchik

Cadets Bradley and Sarpong

Cadets Doniger, Hines, and Raymond

Unit Service:
c/SA Benjamin

Community Service:
c/SA Perkins
c/SN Fields

Inter Service Competition:
c/SA Benjamin


c/PO1 Tylicia Singleton, advanced to cadet Chief Petty Officer
c/PO1 Randall Swineford, advanced to cadet Chief Petty Officer
c/PO1 Savannah Peck, advanced to cadet Chief Petty Officer

Cadets of the month:


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Congratulations to c/SN Murphy and c/SN Fields for receiving the Cadet of the Month award!

Special mentions:

Special congratulations to c/PO1 Wells for becoming an official member of the National Guard!


Lee Davis NS1 Drill Meet

On January 19th, several of our NS1s went to Lee Davis to compete in the annual NS1 drill meet.  They competed in unarmed squad, UPI, color guard, and several other individual events.

Unarmed squad, led by cadet Whitney, landed second place among the competing schools!  Cadets Fields and Henry both won medals for flag folding.


NS1s Pitured: Cadets Pace, Tocarchik, Fields, Hamilton, Sarpong, Whitney, Holt, Benjamin, Henry

Special thanks to cadets Henry, Fields, and Whitney for leading our three cards, and thanks to every NS1 who participated in this event!

Remembrance of Lance Corporal Karl R. Linn

January 26th makes the 14 year anniversary of the day when LCPL Karl R. Linn, a JRHS alumni, was killed in action in Iraq.  This year, to honor his life and sacrifice, our Honor Guard traveled to Culpeper Cemetery, to render honors and lay flowers for LCPL Linn’s grave.


Simultaneously, cadets went to Karl Linn Dr. to clean up litter on the street, and to place a new bow on the sign in honor of LCPL Linn.


Take some time today to remember LCPL Linn, his life and sacrifice, and the sacrifice of all those who have given their lives protecting our country.  Don’t forget those who have lost their sons and daughters in the line of duty.

Veterans Day 2018

On November 9th, we hosted our annual Veterans Day Assembly.  We had the privilege of meeting 4 veterans from the Military Order of the Purple Heart: RADM. Roy Hoffman, Sgt. Benjamin King, Cpl. Jack Reynolds, and Maj. Daniel Dorchak.  Prior to this, we interviewed each veteran and compiled their stories into a video.



After a short Q&A, we moved out to the memorial to present an engraved brick and wreath in honor of those who have fought for our country.




To all who have served this country, on behalf of JRHS, thank you.

Brooke Point and Prince George Meets.

On  10/27 our drill, athletic, academic, and air rifle teams went out to compete at Brooke Point and Prince George.



At Brooke Point, our teams blew away the competition!  They brought back nine placings, and four medal awardees!

The following Cadets won medals:

c/SCPO De’Matos won male top push ups, with an outstanding score of 171!
c/LTJG Crump won female top push ups, with a score of 45!
c/SN Carter won top male curl ups, at a score of 145!
c/SA Henry reached the top 10 in the knockout individual competition!



Things couldn’t have gone better for air rifle at Prince George.  They won both first place overall, and the top shooter award!

c/PO1 Swineford won top shooter overall, and c/PO1 Finchum won top prone shooter!


Congrats to all cadets who went out to these events!  It’s been a great start to a successful season!

Military Appreciation Night 2018

Thank you to all veterans who came out to the Swamp for Military Appreciation night on 10/6, and thank you to the cadets who made it happen!

Last Friday, before the football game, cadets from JRHS and Monacan went out to the Swamp to conduct a color-guard of amazing proportions! They presented a 60′ by 40′ American flag, along with colors representing the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, and POW/MIAs.

Here’s to another season of Patriotism!

New Cadet Orientation 2018

On the morning of August 21, students pulled up to the back of JRHS for their first day of NCO.  The following week was filled with intense PT, team challenges, and growth.

Day One:
On Monday, new cadets were introduced to the cadre, and were divided into three platoons.

Day Two:
Things began to pick up on Tuesday, as Cadets were thrown into PT.  They also began to work on their own marching cadences.

Day Three:
The main event of Wednesday was orienteering.  Cadets came down to the river, and teamed up in duos to search for flags hidden throughout the landing.

Day Four:
Thursday was dedicated to the Ewing Olympics: An annual event that both staff and cadets compete in.  Cadets participated in several competitions, including capture the flag and ultimate frisbee.

Day Five:
On this final day, cadets wore their uniforms for the first time.  They also competed in a drill competition.  This was followed by an awards ceremony, where cadets pinned their new ribbons and ranks to their uniforms.

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Area 5, 2018

This weekend, the top ten teams within Area 5 (Maryland and Virginia) competed in Drill, Academics, UPI, and PT. Our very own James River HS NJROTC got a chance to strut their stuff with the big leagues. So, Thursday 40 cadets left during lunch to go down to VA Beach for threes days to compete.


The first day was a travel day and after a multiple hour trip down, cadets settled into their rooms at the Day’s Inn. But, not before cadets went to the mess hall at Oceania for some chow. Later in the evening, cadets structured into groups with their rooms to go down to the boardwalk. During this time, cadets checked out the local shops and relaxed before their competitions.

The next day, cadets prepared for a day of drill. With their uniforms on, they took a bus to Little Creek base. In an open hanger, cadets competed in: Armed Basic, Unarmed Basic, Armed Exhibition, Unarmed Exhibition, and Color Guard. Cadets gave it their all, with each team leader drilling cadets and practicing weeks prior. There was tough competition but cadets kept spirits up with snacks provided by parents. After the competitions, cadets moved back to the hotel for a day at the beach. In spite of the cold, many decided to take a dip. Fueled by Chick-fil-a, cadets continued to practice and prepare for the next big day.


Finally, Saturday cadets woke up 0400 and prepared for the final day of competing. After arrived at Lake Taylor high school, teams began forming up and shining shoes as the Academic team shipped out to take an exam. 100 questions later, the Academic team returned and cadets switched into PT gear and their swishy suits for push ups and sit ups. Then came UPI, the heavy hitter of the competition. All 40 of the cadets had to stand an inspection for close to half an hour. Nearing the end, cadets then switched once more into PT gear for the 100m and 200m relays. After another day full of competition, cadets attended the award ceremony. Although cadets did not bring home and trophies, James River had scored top 10 out of the 57 units in the Area. They held their heads high on the bus ride back home, thus concluding the 2018 season. Hoorah cadets, job well done.