MC ROTC Competes in Drill Competition

MC ROTC Competes in Drill Competition
By: Zakk Painter and Mackenzie Walker
February 13, 2018
On February 10th, 2018, the Marion Center Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) hosted a drill competition with fellow AFJROTC programs at the Marion Center High School. Marion Center brought twenty of the one hundred and seventy-five cadets enrolled in the program to the competition where they competed as eight teams to show examples of their training, discipline, and skill.
Of the six schools competing that day, Marion Center’s JROTC was able to earn a few solid placements. The Advanced Unarmed team, led by Dominic Urbani, and the Advanced Armed team, led by Seth White, were both able to place 2nd in their categories. In the drill Knockout there were three 1st year placements from Marion Center: Clarissa Gallo (5th), Alexa Meyer (3rd), and Noah Bennett (2nd). Some cadets felt the stress of the situation, Kaleb Farmery, grade 10, commented, “I commanded a team. I was pretty nervous… It was the highest score we’ve placed in the last year.” That isn’t to say that the environment was not a positive place, it was actually quite the opposite.
 “They were really nice,” said Tia Cramer, grade 10, about the competitors at the competition, “Everyone was wishing each other good luck.”
Many of the students felt much more comfortable by the time the awards ceremony came around. With parents of the cadets chattering in anticipation, Marion Center’s JROTC was awarded their placements in what felt like the fastest part of the day. While this was the cadets’ last formal competition of the year, they are sure to keep practicing in order to improve and make the school proud in their next competition. Source: Marion Center Stinger