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NJROTC has outstanding performance

Team wins unarmed drill and color guard two competitions, places in several other events


“I was extremely happy and very excited,” said Master Chief Donny Jackson following the conclusion of the Crook County JROTC competition last Saturday.

“I heard from a lot of the coaches from the other schools and even students that they were just totally flabbergasted by how nice and how respectful the community was. I was so pleased.”

Not only was Jackson pleased with the reception from the community, he was also excited about the performance of the NJROTC team.

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Members of the Crook County High School NJROTC unarmed drill team salute near the beginning of their performance Saturday at their home competition on Saturday. The unarmed drill team easily won their portion of the competition.

Crook County took first place in the unarmed drill competition, easily beating everyone except for second-place Redmond. In the armed drill competition, the two teams traded places with Redmond taking a nine-point win over Crook County. However, according to Jackson, even that was a big win.

Crook County was competing in their first armed drill competition in three years. Not only that, cadet Tyler Shreck was injured and unable to perform following inspection. That meant that the team would take a five-point penalty in both the regulation and exhibition portion of the competition.

“All of a sudden, I see two or three of the kids break ranks, grab this kid and take him into the gym,” Jackson said. “They got him a chair, set him in the chair, and someone else got another chair and brought it over to prop his leg up so that he was on the floor when the team went in.”

Jackson added that the team performed flawlessly during the regulation portion of the routine, then the commander yelled out, ‘This is for Tyler’ prior to the start of the exhibition portion.

“It just totally motivated all these young kids,” Jackson said. “I don’t wish bad on anyone, but what a miracle to happen for this team to finally become a team.”

Crook County also did well in the color guard competition with by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Members of the CCHS No. 1 color guard (Hannah Shadle, Veronica Reyes, Payton Nolin, and Jessica Stanley parade before one of the judges during Saturday's competition. The team finished fourth in the competition while the No. 2 color guard won their division. their Color Guard one (Hannah Shadle, Veronica Reyes, Payton Nolin, and Jessica Stanley) taking fourth place in their division while Color Guard two (Chad Lawrence, Oscar Salizar, Jacob Mickel, and Jonah Shadle) took first in their division.

Also placing in the competition were the NJROTC’s armed individual and armed dual competitors. Chad Lawrence and Jonah Shadle finished third in the duals competition while Dominguez finished third in the solo performance.

“It was his first time ever competing and he did just a great job,” Jackson said. “And Lawrence and Shadle looked great. They have a tight two-and-a-half-minute routine and I have no doubt they will move up at the next competition.”

Jackson was also pleased with the performance of the physical fitness team. Cheyenne Camara came in 10th out of 52 girls overall, the highest finish Jackson can ever remember a member of the fitness team attaining. The team of Sam Santiago, Zachary Moore, Katie Lee, Jonah Shadle, and Camara also placed 10th.

Although the marksmanship team did not place, Jackson noted that they made a 25-percent improvement from their first competition in Redmond this past November.by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - CCHS NJROTC squad members Mallory Sowers, Justin Bozarth, and Joe Gerke compete in the kneeling target practice during the event. Although the team did not place they improved their performance by 25 percent.

After Saturday’s performance, Jackson is confident that both color guard teams, as well as the unarmed and armed drill teams, will all qualify for the dual state championships next spring.

However, what pleased him even more is that the entire squad has become a team.

“We took care of academics last year, and they got it,” he said. “Now, we have become a team. I couldn’t be more pleased. We did well in the competition, but more importantly, we became a team.”

“I was very pleased,” added Shadle. “Everyone worked together like they should have been and there was no one who was laying down and being lazy. I’m glad that everyone pulled together and worked as hard as they did. It’s also good for our teamwork in the future.”

The team will participate in their third competition of the year on Saturday, Jan 18, in La Pine.



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