Bloomfield High School NJROTC sent a team, made up of 16 BHS Cardinals and 1 Linton Miner, to face 17 other NJROTC units from across the eastern portion of the Navy Junior Officer Training Corps Area Three region — (the total geographical area encompasses mostly 3A and 4A schools from Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia).
The drill meet included seven competitive areas: Academics; Physical Fitness; Unarmed Regulation Platoon Drill; Armed Regulation Platoon Drill; Unarmed Exhibition Platoon Drill; Armed Exhibition Platoon Drill; Color Guard; and a Uniformed Personnel Inspection (UPI).
Bloomfield, a Class 1A school, and by far the smallest program in the tournament, led by Cadet Company Commander LCDR Elijah Query and his Executive Officer Cadet LT Steven Bond, placed 3rd in UPI, 3rd in Unarmed Regulation Drill, 4th in Armed Exhibition, 4th in Physical Fitness, and had solid performances in Academics, Color Guard and Unarmed Exhibition drill, finishing 5th in the overall standings behind Ohio’s Northmont High School, Central Crossing, High School, Hamilton High School (all from Ohio) and New Albany High School from Indiana.
Senior Naval Science Instructor LCDR Michael Cluver USN RET and Naval Science Instructor, Chief Petty Officer David H. Hultberg USN RET, the Bloomfield High School NJROTC instructors, are both very proud of their team’s performances throughout the competition.
The NJROTC leadership is quick to point out that the 17 cadets that were present for the competition are only one small part of a very active 49 person team that have contributed their time and energies throughout the community amassing more than 1,300 hours of community service during the past seven months alone —- visiting local nursing homes, cleaning up community parks and school zones, and supporting numerous worthwhile organizations.
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