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Military Appreciation Night

On 25 September, cadets honored the following veterans by parading a 50x30ft flag onto the JRHS football field for the school’s annual Military Appreciation Night football game. Cadets who were not on flag detail also participated in a special five-man color guard and escorted the vets onto the field to be honored by the crowd during the National Anthem.

Name                                                                           Branch                                Years of Service

Michael Cook USMC 4 years
Sabrina Nelson Army 3 years
Tom Hickey Navy 21 years
Walter Cornett USMC 4 years
William Bennett Military 20 years
Patrick Lilly USMC 6 years

Veterans Day 2015 (Assembly and 5K)

The NJROTC cadets in partnership with the Leadership and International Relations Center will host our 4th Annual Veterans Day assembly on Friday, 6 November 2015. As a follow up to our 2013 and 2014 assemblies in which we hosted five WW II and five Korean War veterans respectively in a round table discussion, we will host six Vietnam War veterans on stage. 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War with our first ground combat troops deploying to Vietnam on 8 March 1965. We invite all Richmond-area Vietnam era veterans and their guests to join us for both our pre-assembly reception at 1115,  the assembly at 1205, followed immediately by a brick and wreath laying ceremony at our memorial circle. Please register here online.

On 7 November 2015, our very own Physical Training Officer c/Ensign Ewing will lead our effort to host our Second Annual Rapids Run for Veterans 5K. All proceeds will benefit our local Fisher House, a non-profit organization that provides veterans’ families a place to stay at no cost while their loved one is receiving medical treatment. Click here to register!

The same day registration is at 0930, the Fun Run for kids starts at 1030 and the 5K will start immediately following the Fun Run.  The 5K is run entirely on the James River High School campus.  The entry fee for Vets and students is $15 and $20 for all other participants. Same-day registration is $20.  “Top 10 Runner” t-shirts will be given to the top 10 runners.  Sugar Shack will sponsor a light breakfast and a meet and greet with local veterans.

Student questions

Vet Video

2015 Manchester Raiders Meet

The following cadets from James River High School NJROTC competed in the 2015 Manchester Raiders Meet.

  • Curran – 1st place in the mile and pushed himself to the limit on the 5k. Also his first competition
  • Velzy – Good PT scores (especially mile). Stepped up on the 5k — carried extra gear and administered dihydrogen oxide therapy to struggling teammates
  • Mena – 5k team motivator + only raider willing to be the simulated casualty for the litter carry. Also his first competition
  • Blanco – Pushed through the pain on the 5k+ excellent job on the litter carry. Also his first competition.
  • Rhodes* – outstanding one-man performance + all around beast mode + literally ran laps around the team during the 5k.
  • Hayden – Suns out guns out. Excellent PT scores, no complaints on the 5k.
  • Gibson – Good PT scores + quick on the fireman’s carry. Also, pushed himself to the limit on the 5k.
  • Roberts – last time as raiders team lead :'( + PHD in ropes

* denotes seniors.

Notwithstanding a last minute decision to go to the meet and limited practice time, these cadets performed outstandingly.

EDIT: CONGRATULATIONS to our Raiders who placed 3rd in the Vehicle Pull and 6th overall out of 18 teams in the Manchester Raiders meet on Saturday, May 16th. Three new Raiders Cadets Blanco, Curran and Mena earned their cords and Senior Chief Rhodes finished well in his last NJROTC competition.

Marine Corps Bootcamp 2015

Click here to watch a video chronicling our cadets’ trip Parris Island to experience Marine Corps Boot Camp. The following cadets from James River High School completed this trip and returned with greatly improved discipline and leadership skills:

  • Cadet Gibson
  • Cadet Flournoy
  • Cadet Saunders
  • Cadet Bengu
  • Cadet Hayden
  • Cadet Bell
  • Cadet Mena
  • Cadet May A.
  • Cadet May K.
  • Cadet Thompson
  • Cadet Kramer
  • Cadet Taylor
  • Cadet Garcia
  • Cadet Young

Southern Regional Drill Competition 2015

On Saturday March 21st, NJROTC hosted our 6th annual Southern Regionals. Our drill teams competed against 6 other school and pulling away with 10 trophies. Among those trophies were:

2nd place Situps

1st place Pushups

2nd place Academics

2nd place Unarmed Basic

3rd place Unarmed X

1st place Color Guard

1st place Armed Basic

1st place overall Athletics

1st place overall Drill

and 2nd place overall competition

Special recognition to Cadet Elisha El for receiving the highest score on the UPI team with a 22 out of 25

Cadet El also did 148 pushups during the athletic portion, beating a school record and taking the medal for most male pushups. Cadet Kaitleen Rivera also recieved a medal for most female pushups, with 47.

For recognition for the situp portion:

Cadet Henderson with 75

Cadet Hayden with 102

Cadet Gibson with 134

and Cadet Kaupish with 144

Congrats to all of our drill teams members in making this one of our most successful Southern Regionals in the history of our unit.