Cadets on the Vineland High School Air Force Junior ROTC Drill Competition team took third place overall and won three other trophies in the 15th annual Drills and Colors Classic held Feb. 1 at Glasgow High School in Delaware.
Teams from 15 schools in five states participated in the competition, according to Robert Simpson, a retired Air Force major who is senior aerospace science instructor at the school.
The Vineland program is now in its fifth year in Vineland and there are 145 cadets enrolled. Its team took third place overall in the small team category and three other trophies, including a second place showing in the Academic Challenge. That segment of the competition involved presenting a persuasive argument to a panel of judges on whether the U.S. should get involved in the Syrian conflict. The team also won trophies in the unarmed color guard sequence and the unarmed unit inspection.
Judging the events were volunteers from the University of Delaware Air Force and Army cadets, Delaware Air National Guard, active duty and reserve Army, and Glasgow High School.
“It was a long day that started with cadets reporting to the north campus at 4:45 a.m. on a Saturday morning,” Simpson said. “But by 5 p.m. it was clear it was it was a productive and rewarding one. Members of the team had been up since 0300 (3 a.m.) but despite their bloodshot eyes and yawns, you could tell there was pride in a job well done.”
Team members are Phillip Kemp, Cristian Jimenez, Christopher Malone, Kristofer Cajigas, Kayel Cruzado, Jade Stevenson, Zorjuli Crespo, Breyon Jordan, Justin Whitaker, Stephen Fairman, Darwin Peralta, Christiana Bailey and Joseph Zerra.
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