Category Archives: Annual Unit Events

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 rapidsrun4veterans@gmail.com.
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.

New Cadet Orientation 2019 and Leadership Followership Camp

New Cadet Orientation (NCO):

Incoming cadets, come out to James River during the third week of August, Monday through Thursday for the annual New Cadet Orientation or NCO. During this week you will be able to develop as a leader, workout, meet the new company staff, and even earn some awards while there.

Once the new cadets arrive they will form up for the first time until they are split into the three platoons and meet their platoon leaders for the week. During this selection the platoon leaders will elect striving cadets to fill the roles of guide-on and platoon leaders. After the selection is made the three platoons will practice drill for the first time and get a feel for what it is. Following this will be PT and academics to broaden the new cadet about what NJROTC is all about.  This also allows for some few cadet leaders to lead by example within the platoon and show of to their other platoon mates about what it means to be a leader. Leadership will be greatly demonstrated by the hand selected platoon leaders who strive above and beyond.

Every year a handful of cadets are carefully chosen who go above and beyond to fulfill the roles of the company staff. These cadets are acknowledged for the achievements to lead others as they have shown how they can excel in this field of NJROTC along with the other many topics. This team of cadets is among the best of the best and allows for the incoming cadets to look up to in how to lead within their future class periods for the upcoming year. This time also allows to get interested in the company staff and get them to apply for the next staff.

At the end of an action packed week the cadets will be awarded for their hard work. This includes being advanced to the rate of Seaman apprentice which makes them higher than cadets who just joined and didn’t go to NCO. Along with a advancement the cadets will be awarded with the participation ribbon signifying that they went through the entire week of NCO. After the awards ceremony takes place the entire company in three platoons will march back to James River High School for a banquet to celebrate the cadets hard earned work. This is a great week for any interested cadets to go through to gain a head start.  If you have any interests in this action packed week, click the sign up link below. We hope to see you there

Leadership Followership Camp:

If you or your child is not enrolled in JROTC for this upcoming school year, but is still interested in gaining experience in the arts of leadership and followership, they may enroll in the Leadership Followership Camp.  This camp goes on during NCO, and students engage in similar activities throughout the week.  Parents of JRHS students should have received a letter with additional information in May 2019.  More information will be released very soon in August.

 

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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.

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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.

Awards:

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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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c/SN Butler
c/PO1 Cabrera
c/LtJgCappiello
c/PO3Constantino
c/LtJgCosby
c/SNCramer
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
Holt
Lesanework
Meadows
Tocarchick
Yeatts
Jenkins

Exemplary Personal Appearance

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Hernandez, L Cabrera
Hall, M Cosby
Kelchner Crump
Kraus Doniger
Penny Hines
Watson Kleinsorgen
Fields Murphy
Moro Peck
Sarpong Prera
Whitney Raymond
Ruffin
Russell
Shashaty
Singleton
Swineford
Wade
Hamilton
Henry
Holt
Rodriguez, C
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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

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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.

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

Orienteering:
Cadets Bradley and Sarpong

Recruiting:
Cadets Doniger, Hines, and Raymond

Unit Service:
c/SA Benjamin

Community Service:
c/SA Perkins
c/SN Fields

Inter Service Competition:
c/SA Benjamin

Advancements:

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!

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

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

End of Year Banquet 2018

   On May 19th, the JRHS NJROTC End of Year Banquet was hosted at the Thomas R. Fulghum Conference Center. This ceremonial end to the 2017-2018 NJROTC year not only marked the end of the year, but the beginning of a new legacy within the unit. Awards were presented, food was catered, and fun was had by cadets and parents alike! The evening kicked off with a color guard lead by the new color guard commander, c/ENS Dillon Brandau. After being followed by an opening invocation by c/ENS Ryan Watson, and a moving description of the Missing Man Table from c/SCPO Quinn Lilly, dinner commenced.

     As dinner came to a close, c/LCDR Thomas Shashaty took some time to bring some recollections of past memories within the unit. This was eventually followed by the recognition of our graduating seniors: c/SN Austin Bell, c/SN William Biringer, c/SR Yoselyn Bobadilla, c/SR Douglas Coleman, c/ENS Joel Ezell, c/SN Savannah Layne, c/CPO Quinn Lilly, and c/LCDR Thomas Shashaty.IMG_2982

     To much celebration, the unit was also excited to receive the Distinguished Unit award for the 2017-2018 school year.

Over the next hour, many hard-working cadets received awards for their achievements.

Navy League Theodore Roosevelt Award: Awarded to c/ENS Lesslie Hernandez and c/LCDR Thomas Shashaty for distinguishing themselves as  outstanding cadets through dedication and hard work throughout the year.

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AMVETS Junior ROTC Award: Awarded to c/LCDR Kevin Brandau for maintaining an A grade in NJROTC, and by showing dedication to the program through lightening attitude and personal appearance.

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Sons of the American Revolution Award: Awarded to c/LT Kiara Prera for having a high degree of military bearing, leadership skills, and academic excellence.

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Military Order of the Purple Heart Award: Awarded to c/ENS Pearcy for being a non-senior with a B or better in every subject, as well as holding a staff position.

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Reserve Officers Association Award: Awarded to c/ENS Joel Ezell for being a Sophomore or Junior who displays strong character and patriotism.

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Military Officers Association of America Award: Awarded to c/SCPO Gustavo De Matos for being an outstanding junior cadet with intention to stay in the program.

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Surface Navy Association Stephen Decatur Award: Awarded to c/CPO Ryan Watson and c/LTjg James Morris for maintaining a B or higher in each subject.

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Military Order of the World Wars Award: Awarded to c/ENS Christopher Cosby for showing intense patriotism and dedication to the unit.

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Daedalian JROTC Achievement Award: Awarded to c/ENS Benjamin Doniger for being a junior within the top 10% of the unit, and the top 20% of his graduating class.

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Scottish Rite Award: Awarded to c/ENS Samuel Raymond for being in good academic standing and in the top 25% of the unit.

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Non Commissioned Officers Award: Awarded to c/CPO Daniel Ruffin, c/PO2 Vivian Kaupish, c/ENSRyan Watson, c/PO1 Tylicia Singleton, c/PO1 Frederick Hines, c/PO1 Eric Alveranga, c/PO1 Savannah Peck, and c/PO2 Ebony Ross for overall outstanding appearance and excellence within the unit.

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National Brain Brawl Awards: Awarded to
c/SCPO Quinn Lilly
c/LCDR Kevin Brandau
c/ENS Christopher Cosby
and c/ENS Samuel Raymond for competing in the 2018 National Brain Brawl competition.

Air Rifle Badges: Awarded to
c/PO2 Vivian Kaupish
c/PO1 Shaun Finchum
c/PO1 Mantas Druktenis
and c/PO1 Swineford for their unmatched dedication the the JRHS air rifle team.

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Distinguished Cadet: Awarded to
c/ENS Samuel Raymond
c/ENS Ryan Watson
c/LCDR Kevin Brandau
and c/LCDR Thomas Shashaty for having the highest GPA in the NJROTC program alone.

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Honor Cadet: Awarded to
c/ENS Benjamin Doniger
c/ENS Ryan Watson
c/LCDR Kevin Brandau
and c/LCDR Thomas Shashaty for maintaining the highest GPA in all combined classes.

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NS4 Outstanding Cadet: Awarded to
c/ENS Joel Ezell
c/SCPO Quinn Lilly
and c/LCDR Thomas Shashaty for showing unmatched dedication and commitment to the unit during their fourth year in the program.

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NS3 Outstanding Cadet: Awarded to
c/LCDR Kevin Brandau
c/SCPO Gustavo De Matos
c/LTJG Logan Easingwood
c/ENS Lesslie Hernandez
c/LTJG James Morris
c/ENS Jack Pearcy
and c/LT Kiara Prera for showing unmatched dedication and commitment to the unit during their third year in the program.

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NS2 Outstanding Cadet: Awarded to
c/PO1 Eric Alveranga
c/LTJG Stella Crump
c/ENS Noble Dodge
c/PO2 Vivian Kaupish
c/SN Kraus
c/ENS Thomas Luther
c/CPO Daniel Ruffin
c/CPO Alexander Wade
and c/ENS Ryan Watson for showing unmatched dedication and commitment to the unit during their second year in the program.

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NS1 Outstanding Cadet: Awarded to
c/ENS Dillon Brandau
c/SN Harrison Calhoun
c/SN Constantino
c/ENS Christopher Cosby
c/ENS Benjamin Doniger
c/PO3 Shaun Finchum
c/PO1 Frederick Hines
c/PO3 Klos
c/SN Murphy
c/ENS Samuel Raymond
and c/PO1 Randall Swineford for showing unmatched dedication and commitment to the unit during their first year in the program.

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Military Aptitude Ribbon: Awarded to
c/PO1 Mantas Druktenis
c/PO1 Frederick Hines
c/SN Murphy, c/SA Rodriguez
c/PO1 Elijah Russell
c/PO1 Tylicia Singleton
c/SN Tio-Payne
c/PO1 Eric Alveranga
c/SCPO Gustavo De Matos
c/SCPO Quinn Lilly
c/CPO Daniel Ruffin
c/LCDR Thomas Shashaty
c/CPO Alexander Wade
c/SN Beringer
c/ENS Noble Dodge
c/SA Dakota Kelchner
c/ENS Jack Pearcy
c/LT Kiara Prera
c/PO1 Wells
c/SN Omar Cabrera
c/SN Elena Pforter
c/ENS Christopher Cosby
c/ENS Dillon Brandau
c/ENS Benjamin Doniger
c/SN Sophia Graziano
c/ENS Samuel Raymond
c/PO1 Randall Swineford
c/SN Carter
c/SN Ing
c/SN Juarez
c/SN Morales
c/SN Penny
c/SA Reyes
and c/PO3 Klos for being in the top 10% of overall academic, conduct, involvement, and overall performance.

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Exemplary Conduct Ribbon: Awarded to
c/SA Acker
c/SR Bickford
c/SN Omar Cabrera
c/SN Brandon Carter
c/SN Aidan Constantino
c/PO1 Mantas Druktenis
c/PO1 Shaun Finchum
c/PO3 Brenna Klos
c/SA Melton
c/PO1 Elijah Russell
c/PO1 Tylicia Singleton
c/PO1 Randall Swineford
c/PO1 Kaleigh Yunker
c/SN Jasmine Zuniga
c/SN Austin Cramer
c/SA Dakota Kelchner
c/SN Michael Johnson
c/PO2 Vivian Kaupish
c/PO1 Franklin Kleinsorgen
c/SN Noah Kraus
c/ENS Thomas Luther
c/SN Thomas Pulsifer
c/CPO Daniel Ruffin
c/PO1 Savva Sidorov
c/CPO AlexanderWade
c/ENS Ryan Watson
c/PO1 Eric Alveranga
c/SN Crhis Biringer
c/SR Bobadilla
c/SR Coleman
c/SN John Cook
c/SCPO Gustavo De Matos
c/ENS Joel Ezell
c/PO2 Devin Fisher
c/ENS Lesslie Hernandez
c/SR Jamecia May
c/PO1 Savannah Peck
c/SR Josiyah Giles
c/SR Perez
c/SN Elena Pforter
c/SA Vanderpool
c/SN Harrison Calhoun
c/ENS Christopher Cosby
c/PO1 Frederick Hines
c/SA Moore
c/SR Moza
c/SN Murphy
c/SA Rodriguez
c/SA Wallace
c/ENS Dillon Brandau
c/SR Roger Gonzales
c/SN Sophia Graziano
c/SA Brody Layne
c/SA Briana Pizarro
c/SA Adrian Pizarro
c/ENS Samuel Raymond
c/SR Restrepo
c/SR Ariza-Vega
c/SR Childress
c/SN Niyogushima Eveline
c/SR Mason Hall
c/SA Navin Ing
c/SR Marquise Jenkins
c/SR Mejia
c/SA Daniel Morales
c/SR Edwin Reyes
c/SA Michael Snapp

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Exemplary Personal Appearance Ribbon: Awarded to

c/ENS Dillon Brandau
c/SN Omar Cabrera
c/SN Brandon Carter
c/ENS Christopher Cosby
c/ENS Benjamin Doniger
c/PO1 Mantas Druktenis
c/SN Steven Hall
c/PO1 Frederick Hines
c/PO3 Brenna Klos
c/SN Colin Murphy
c/SN Dustin Penny
c/ENS Samuel Raymond
c/SA Rodriguez
c/PO1 Elijah Russell
c/PO3 Patrick Shashaty
c/PO1 Tylicia Singleton
c/PO1 Randall Swineford
c/PO1 Kaleigh Yunker
c/SN Jasmine Zuniga
c/PO1 Eric Alveranga
c/SR Bobadilla
c/LCDR Kevin Brandau
c/SN Austin Cramer
c/SCPO Gustavo De Matos
c/ENS Lesslie Hernandez
c/PO2 Vivian Kaupish
c/SA Dakota Kelchner
c/PO1 Franklin Kleinsorgen
c/SN Noah Kraus
c/ENS Thomas Luther
c/ENS Jack Pearcy
c/PO1 Savannah Peck
c/LT Kiara Prera
c/CPO Daniel Ruffin
c/LCDR Thomas Shashaty
c/CPO Alexander Wade
c/ENS Ryan Watson
c/PO1 Wells
c/SN Harrison Calhoun
c/SR Moza
c/SR Evan Sanat
c/SA Wallace
c/SA Briana Pizarro
c/SR Restrepo
c/SR Ariza-Vega
c/SR Mason Hall
c/SA Esau Juarez, E Jr.
c/SA Terrance Meritt-Hall

 

Leadership Team Frocking:

Unit Commander: Kevin Brandau, promoted to cadet lieutenant commander.
Executive Officer: Kiara Prera, promoted to cadet lieutenant.
Chief of Staff: James Morris, promoted to cadet lieutenant junior grade.
Operations Officer: Stella Crump, promoted to cadet lieutenant junior grade.
Daniel Cappiello, promoted to cadet lieutenant junior grade.
Platoon Leader: Thomas Luther, promoted to cadet ensign.
First Lieutenant: Lesslie Hernandez, promoted to cadet ensign.
Chaplain: Ryan Watson, promoted to cadet ensign.

Honor Guard Commander: Benjamin Doniger, promoted to cadet ensign.
Communications Officer: Samuel Raymond, promoted to cadet ensign.
Academic Team Lead: Christopher Cosby, promoted to cadet ensign.
Color Guard Commander: Dillon Brandau, promoted to cadet ensign.
Senior Enlisted Advisor: Gustavo De Matos, advanced to cadet senior chief petty officer.
Physical Fitness Officer: Daniel Ruffin, advanced to cadet chief petty officer.
Supply Chief Petty Officer: Alexander Wade, advanced to cadet chief petty officer
Chief Medical Technician: Savva Sidorov, advanced to cadet petty officer first class.
Fundraising Officer: Franklin Kleinsorgen, advanced to cadet petty officer first class.
Mass Media Specialist: Savannah Peck, advanced to cadet petty officer first class.
Weapons Officer: Shaun Finchum, advanced to cadet petty officer first class.
Medical Leading Petty Officer Eric Alveranga, advanced to cadet petty officer first class.
Morale Welfare and Recreation Officer: Tylicia Singleton, advanced to cadet petty officer first class.
Orienteering Team Lead: Elijah Russell, advanced to cadet petty officer first class.
Raiders Team Lead: Mantas Druktenis, advanced to cadet petty officer first class.
Air Rifle Team Lead: Randall Swineford, advanced to cadet petty officer first class.
Assistant Physical Fitness Officer: Frederick Hines, advanced to cadet petty officer first class.
Assisant Supply Officer: Kaleigh Yunker, advanced to cadet petty officer first class.
Gunners Mate: Ebony Ross, advanced to cadet petty officer second class.

 Other Advancements:

Patrick Shashaty, advanced to cadet petty officer third class.

 

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Following the presentation of awards, the changing of command took place as c/LCDR Shashaty was relieved of duty and passed over his sword to c/LCDR Clark Brandau.

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After this moving ceremony, the new commanding officer, c/LCDR Clark Brandau, cut the cake, and the new leadership team proceeded to serve the guests and other cadets.

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Finally, after some closing remarks from c/LCDR Brandau, the annual banquet was put to a close by the new unit chaplain, c/ENS Ryan Watson. With high hopes for the new year, lets all do our duty to wish our new staff, and all cadets, to a productive and fulfilling new year!

2017 Area 5 Southern Regional Championships (18 March, 2017)

On Saturday, 18 March, 2017, the drill, PT, and Academic teams hosted and competed in the final meet of the 2016-2017 Drill season. Facing six other schools from the southern region of Area 5, our teams secured the following trophies:

  • First Place Academics
    • Top Individual Score: c/LTjg Popp (74)
  • Third Place Unarmed Standard
  • Second Place Unarmed Exhibition
  • Second Place Armed Standard
  • First Place Armed Exhibition
  • Second Place Color Guard
  • Third Place 2-man Exhibition
  • Second Place Overall Drill
  • First Place Push-ups
    • Top individual score (male):c/SN Ruffin (71)
    • Top individual score (female):c/PO2 Prera (44)
  • Second Place Sit-ups
    • Top individual score (female):c/PO2 Prera (99)
  • First Place 8x200m Relay
  • First Place Overall Athletics
  • First Place Overall

We are happy to end off our competitive season on such a high note and would like to dedicate our victory to Cadet Hayden, the senior who was critically injured in December in a tragic accident. Hoorah, cadets! Job well done!

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JRHS Veterans’ Day Ceremony: Cold War Roundtable

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.

SPECIAL THANKS

  • 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
  • Refreshments:
    • Center for Leadership and International Relations
  • National Anthem:
    • JRHS Chamber Ensemble
  • 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:
    • JRHS Orchestra
  • Light/Sound Direction:
    • JRHS Theater Dept.
  • 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:
    • c/SA Jesse Oliva
  • Bell Ringer:
    • c/CPO Devin Lowe
  • Escorts:
    • 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

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