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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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Lee-Davis Drill Meet (11 February, 2017)

On Saturday, 11 February, the JRHS NJROTC Drill Team traveled to Lee-Davis High School to compete in the Lee-Davis Drill Meet. Hoping to end off the season on a high note, the cadets put forth a good showing, gaining points in Uniform Personnel Inspection and placing third in Armed Basic and Second in Color Guard. Despite some difficulties involving scoring, which were rectified with the help of cadets Willett and Popp, the meet ran well and the cadets enjoyed themselves. Whether or not our unit makes it to Area Five Championships at this point, we can certainly say that this season was a good one! Hoorah, cadets! Job well done!

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King George Drill Meet (10 December, 2016)

On Saturday, 10 December, 2016, the JRHS Drill Team traveled to King George High School in King George County, VA, to compete in the King George Drill Meet. Facing stiff competition from many other units (including a Marine Corps ROTC unit), our teams performed quite well. The UPI team secured a second place finish, our highest placing this season in that event, and Cadets May and Willett were two of ten finalists in a game of armed knockout (which, despite not being a scored event, managed to raise morale). This meet was a good way to end off the 2016 calendar year; however, there’s still a few more months left on the road to Area 5 Championships. Keep checking our website for more information on how our unit is doing.

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Osbourne Park Combined Meet (12 November, 2016)

On Saturday, 12 November, the Drill and Athletic teams traveled to Osbourne Park High School to compete in the Osbourne Park Combined Meet. The teams put out a good showing at this final combined meet of this year’s season, placing Third in both Academics and the 8x200m Relay. Cadet LTjg Zachary Popp also tied for Second Place in the individual Academic score category. Despite not bringing home as many trophies as usual, the Drill and PT teams still managed to gain points toward the Area 5 two-event tally in many events, including UPI. Congratulations to all Cadets who stuck out the long day!

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Potomac Combined Meet (22 October, 2016)

On Saturday, 22 October, JRHS NJROTC traveled to Potomac High School in Prince William County to compete in the Second Annual Potomac Combined Meet. Facing tough competition from some of Area Five’s top units, the unit secured a first place win in Unarmed Exhibition Drill and a third place finish in overall drill. Hoorah Cadets! Job well done!

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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.


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


  • UPI: Third Place



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


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.)


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



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!

Area 5 Championships (March 12th, 2016): Academics, PT and Awards

Saturday, March 12th, was the second day of Area 5 Championships. The unit competed against other top-ten units in a 100-question academic exam followed by a PT competition which consisted of push-ups, sit-ups, an 8×200 relay, and a 16×100 relay. The academic team had a fantastic showing, bringing home a second place academic trophy. For our first time going to Area 5, the unit competed well and we hope to return next year! HOORAH!



Area 5 Championships (March 11th, 2016): Drill

Today, March 11th, we competed in our  FIRST EVER Area 5 Championship! This is a two day event and today was the drill day. We competed in the following events: Armed Exhibition, Armed Basic, Unarmed Exhibition, Unarmed Basic, UPI, and Color Guard. We do not know what we placed, but we will find out tomorrow at the end of the competition. Tomorrow we will compete in academics and PT, then followed by awards! HOORAH to everyone who competed!

Below is a recording of the Armed Exhibition routine performed at Area 5.