Category Archives: Annual Unit Events

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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Area Manager Inspection, 20 October, 2016

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 commsjrhsnjrotc@gmail.com


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Awards

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.

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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

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Orienteering Ribbon

This ribbon is awarded to Cadets who have attended at least one orienteering event.

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c/PO2 Hayden

c/SN Wells

c/LTjg Velzy

c/SA Ebony Ross

c/SA Kaupish

c/SR Thomas

c/SA Ruffin

c/SR Hernandez

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Air Rifle Ribbon

This ribbon is awarded to Cadets who have participated in at least one Air Rifle Postal.

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c/SN Ezell

c/SA Kaupish

c/SA Reliford

c/SA Hernandez

c/SR Salazar

c/SA Kelchner

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Ranks

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


Special Thanks

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

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Third Annual Rapids Run for Veterans 5k

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.

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Knock Off The Rust Drill Meet (15 October, 2016)

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.

AWARDS

  • Academics: Second Place
    • Top overall individual score: c/ENS Zachary Popp

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  • UPI: Third Place

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  • Armed Exhibition: Third Place
  • Unarmed Standard: Third Place
  • Unarmed Exhibition: Second Place
  • Overall Drill: Third Place
  • Overall Meet: Third Place

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Indoctrination Week (22-26 Aug. 2016)

Every year, just prior to the beginning of the Academic term, JRHS NJROTC hosts an annual orientation event for incoming Cadets known as Indoctrination Week. Throughout the course of this week, Recruits are essentially “shown the ropes” of the NJROTC program by our Cadre of upperclassmen Staff and Platoon Leaders, going through rigorous physical training,marching, studying basic military inspection knowledge, and learning military discipline and proper wear of the uniform while also learning about the many opportunities they will have in the unit during the coming year and building a sense of camaraderie that simply cannot be duplicated during the school year. The end goal of Indoc is to get the Recruits to work as a team and to instill in them the discipline and followership skills that are essential to good performance in the unit. Each of the five days of Indoc have a different focus, so each will be covered separately below.

INDOC 2016

Senior Naval Science Instructor: Commander Peter Greenwald, USN

(Acting) Naval Science Instructor: Colonel Bill Barrett, US Army (ret.)

Cadre:

c/LTCDR John Booker, Commanding Officer

c/LTjg Thomas Shashaty, Operations Officer

c/LTjg Sara Jackson, Admin Officer

c/LTjg Emma Friedrich, Supply Officer

c/LTjg Daniel Markey, First Lieutenant

c/LTjg Jackson Velzy, Raiders/Orienteering Team Lead

c/ENS Carter Saunders, Assistant Admin Officer

c/ENS Alexander Freeman, Weapons Officer, Air Rifle co-Team Lead

c/ENS Victor Bellamah, Academic Officer

c/ENS Zachary Popp, Communications Officer

c/ENS Anthony Ing, Chaplain

c/SCPO Kevin Juarez, Senior Enlisted Advisor

c/CPO Devin Lowe, Assistant Supply Officer, Platoon Leader (Third Platoon)

c/CPO Quinn Lilly, Honor Guard Commander, Platoon Leader (First Platoon)

c/CPO Thomas Kaupish, Platoon Leader (Second Platoon)

c/PO1 Spencer Willett, Assistant Operations Officer

c/PO1 Aundrae May, Physical Fitness Administrator

c/PO1 Neico Hayden, Raiders/Orienteering Team Representative

c/PO1 Gregory Gibson, Platoon Leader (Second Platoon)

c/PO2 Kiara Prera, Assistant Physical Fitness Petty Officer

c/PO2 Meily Yong, Color Guard Commander, Platoon Leader (First Platoon)

c/PO2 Clark Brandau, Platoon Leader (Third Platoon)

c/PO3 Daniel Cappiello, Drill Team Representative

c/SN Connor Davies, Air Rifle Team Representative

c/SA Ebony Ross, Air Rifle co-Team Lead

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Day 1 (Monday, 22 August): Orientation Day

At 0730 on what was sure to be another hot and humid August day, twenty one prospective NJROTC Cadets stood outside a simple pair of blue doors under the letters “NJROTC”. Through these doors lay a plethora of potential opportunities for these recruits, provided they had the mental and physical willpower to withstand the strenuous week which also awaited them. After receiving brand new, Navy-issued PT gear, the recruits assembled at the Memorial Circle with the Cadre for the raising of the colors, followed by a few housekeeping items before being split into three separate platoons under the command of either Cadets Brandau and Lowe (Third Platoon), Gibson and Kaupish (Second Platoon), or Lilly and Yong (First Platoon). The newly formed platoons then were run down to Robious Landing Park for a healthy dose of morning PT, led by Cadets May and Prera. Upon their return from the park, the platoons split off from each other for “stations”; one platoon practiced marching, one platoon received a safety brief from Cadets Freeman and Ross of the Air Rifle Team, and the remaining platoon was fitted for the uniforms they would wear at the end of the week, after which all three would rotate to the next station. After a short lunch break, the recruits were met by Commander Greenwald, Colonel Barrett, and Cadets Cappiello and Booker, who represented the Drill Team. Then, it was back to the Memorial for the lowering of the colors and dismissal.

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Day 2 (Tuesday, 23 August): Learning the Ropes

If the recruits thought it would get easier after the first day, they were quickly proven wrong when a simple check for paperwork quickly turned into disciplinary action in the form of PT. However, the rest of the day proceeded more smoothly for most of the recruits, mostly taken up by stations that were designed to demonstrate the different extracurricular teams which the recruits will be eligible to join during the school year; Tuesday’s stations focused on our Raiders Team (with Cadets Velzy and Hayden), Air Rifle Team (with Cadets Ross, Freeman, and Davies), and, of course, Drill with the platoon leaders.

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Day 3 (Wednesday, 24 August): The Ewing Olympics

Wednesday began with a welcome appearance by James River graduate and former Physical Fitness Officer Jesse Ewing, who heralded the arrival of a long-awaited competition: the Second Annual Ewing Olympics. Continuing the tradition started at Indoc 2015, the Ewing Olympics lived up and exceeded the expectations set the previous year. The platoons competed in events such as a relay, a push-up/sit-up contest, capture the flag, dodgeball, ultimate frisbee, and more. These events took up the whole day.

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Day 4: On the Trail

On Thursday, the recruits ran back down to Robious Landing park for a brief from Georgina Walmsley, a student at Maggie Walker Governor’s School and experienced orienteer. After spending an hour or so navigating the woods, the recruits returned to finish practicing the drill card they would march for their parents the following day.

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Day 5: Graduation

Recruits reported a half-hour earlier on Friday in order to get in some more practice on their drill cards. Despite trepidation about the lack of practice time over the course of the week, the recruits managed to nail down their marching just in time. Parents started to arrive at 1000, but the official inter-platoon competition began at around 1030. After the presentation of the colors and a fantastic performance of the National Anthem by Recruit Stella Crump of First Platoon, the drill competition began. Second Platoon, led by Cadets Gibson and Kaupish, ended up finishing first for both the marching and the Honor Platoon scores for the week, but all recruits excelled throughout the week. At the closing of the ceremony, all of the recruits were frocked to the rank of Cadet Seaman Apprentice, finally cementing their place as full cadets in our unit. Joining them in the frocking were Cadets Willett, May, Lowe, and Freeman, who received the ranks of Petty Officer First Class, Chief, and Ensign respectively. Pizza, provided by the generosity of our Cadet Parent Organization, was served for the Cadre, Cadets, and guests in the closed commons, accompanied by a short presentation on the extracurricular opportunities that will be open to the Cadets during the school year.

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We would like to thank all of our Cadre, recruits, and parents for their support and dedication. Thank you for making this a great week!

Memorial Day Assembly (31 May, 2016)

Thank you to all Cadets, Students, Teachers, and Guests who attended yesterday’s Memorial Day Assembly to honor all fallen American servicemen and women from the Revolutionary War to the present day, including two JRHS Alumni, USMC Lance Corporals Jourdan Grez (Class of 1999) and Karl Linn (Class of 2002). Following the ceremony in the auditorium, the Unit and distinguished guests participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the memorial to Linn and Grez.


Sixth Annual James River High School Memorial Day Ceremony

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Wreath Laying Ceremony, Memorial Day Assembly 2016

In honor of LCpl Karl R. Linn (Class of 2002), LCpl  Jourdan L. Grez (Class of 1999), and all those who have died in service to the United States of America

Ceremonial Duty Roster

  • Master of Ceremonies:  c/LTCDR John Booker, Commanding Officer, JRHS NJROTC
  • Music:
    • Opening instrumentals: JRHS Orchestra, (cond. Justin Turpin)
    • National Anthem and “America the Beautiful”: JRHS Chamber Ensemble (cond. Marissa Parsons)
    • Taps: Ethan Massey and Daniel Newsome, JRHS Wind Ensemble
  • Author/reader, “Purple Hearts” (poem): Jessie Lynn Conner
  • Official Party/Candle Lighters:
    • Mr. Dick Linn, Father of LCpl Linn, Gold Star Family
    • LTC Phil Koren, Military Order of the Purple Heart
    • Joy Mullens, Navy League, Richmond
    • Rev. Rocky Angone, Wreaths Across America
    • Dr. Javaid Siddiqi, School Board Member, Midlothian
    • Col. Jeffrey Ellick, US Army (ret.), Principal, James River High School
    • Mr. Chris Negaard, Teacher, US/VA History, James River High School
    • Nick Burns, Student, James River High School
    • Erin Kasemersky, Student, James River High School Center for Leadership and International Relations
    • Danny McCabe, Senior Class President, James River High School
    • Dr. Jennifer Coleman, Assistant Principal, James River High School
  • Color Guard:
    • c/PO2 Meily Yong, American Flag
    • c/LTJG Daniel Markey, Navy Flag
    • c/LT Eden Price, Right Rifle
    • c/LTJG Luke Ewing, Left Rifle
  • Side Boys:
    • c/PO2 Spencer Willett, Pipe
    • c/LT Tom Curran, Bell
    • c/LT Kaitleen Rivera
    • c/CPO Quinn Lilly
    • c/SN Gustavo DeMatos
    • c/SCPO Kevin Juarez
    • c/SN Logan Easingwood
    • c/ENS Anthony Ing
    • c/PO2 Kiara Prera
    • c/LTJG Thomas Shashaty
  • Wreath Laying:
    • Mr. and Mrs. Richard Linn, Parents, LCpl Karl R. Linn
    • Mrs. Donna Dollings, Teacher, Jourdan L. Grez
    • Dr. Javaid Siddiqi, Honoring All Fallen Soldiers
  • Wreath Presentations:
    • c/LT Kaitleen Rivera, Honor Guard Commander (2015-2016)
    • c/ENS Anthony Ing, Chaplain
    • c/CPO Quinn Lilly, Honor Guard Commander (2016-2017)
  • Honor Guard Detail (furthest to closest):
    • c/LTJG Daniel Markey, First Lieutenant
    • c/SN James Bowes
    • c/PO3 Daniel Cappiello
    • c/PO2 Kiara Moya-Prera, Assistant PFO
    • c/PO2 Kevin Brandau, Platoon Leader
    • c/PO2 Devin Lowe, Assistant Supply Officer
    • c/SN Joel Ezell
    • c/CPO Thomas Kaupish, Platoon Leader

 

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