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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OLD GLORY FLAG CEREMONY FOR RETIRING TEACHERS

On Wednesday, June 13th, the start of a new tradition at JRHS took place.  13 cadets gathered to perform a flag presentation for two retiring teachers at JRHS: Deb Anderson and Lil Hilton.  After some thoughtful words from Commander Peter Greenwald, c/ENS Ben Doniger, our Honor Guard Commander, stepped up to lead the ceremony by reciting My Name is Old Glory by Don S. Miller.

 

 

Special thanks to these two teachers, who have dedicated so much of their lives to making our community better!

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!

Memorial Day Assembly 2018

On May 25th our NJROTC unit hosted an assembly to honor all who have died or are presumed dead in combat.  The main event of the assembly was the lighting of the candles.  There were 9 total candles, representing the brave men and women who died in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Cold War, the Gulf War, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Following this was a guest speaker, Lieutenant Colonel Koren.  He told the story of his experiences in Vietnam, and of what it is like to lose a friend in war.

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To conclude the ceremony, the song “Some Gave All”, by Billy Ray Cyrus, was played.

After the main assembly ended, the cadets and guests moved outside to lay wreaths upon the memorial of Karl R. Linn and Jourdan L. Grez, our two JRHS graduates who gave their lives defending the first democratic elections in Iraq.

 

The price of freedom is a heavy toll, and we as Americans must be forever grateful and supportive to all who have given up their lives and families for the sake of it.

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.

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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.

 

All Company, February 2018

This Monday, an all company formation was held for year book pictures. During the formation, several cadets were advanced to the rate of Petty Officer 3rd class, a major accomplishment. Congratulations to the following:

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The following cadets earned the rate of c/PO3

  • Dillon, Brandau
  • Cosby, Christopher
  • Hines, Frederick
  • Samuel, Raymond
  • Tylicia, Singleton
  • Kaleigh, Yunker

The following cadet eared the rate of c/SA

  • William, Wallace

Congratulations to the Cadets of the month: c/PO3 Yunker and c/SN Doniger !

 

Hoorah, cadets, job well done.

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Green Run 2018

This weekend our own JRHS NJROTC went out to compete in one of the last competitions of the season. At Green Run high school, in northern Virginia, the exhibition drill teams, PT team, and academic team all brought their “A” game.

The Exhibition drill teams did very well bringing in a third place in armed exhibition, and second in unarmed exhibition. Our academic team scored first overall against several teams who had previously been in national competitions! Top individual scores were Cadet Thomas Shashaty and Cadet Clark Brandau, tied for third with the top scorer Cadet Quinn Lily. The PT team scored third place in push-ups and second place in sit-ups. In the 100m relay we did not place, but the performance overall was stellar. The 200m race was cancelled due to dangerous track conditions.

Congratulations to all the teams on an outstanding performance, keep up the good work and hope for Area 5 competition coming up! Bravo Zulu!

 

 

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