Jay & Brennan AF JROTC teams win national championships

June 6, 2017

Two Northside high school ROTC programs brought back national championships from the National High School Drill Team Championships and Fitness Challenge in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The Silver Eagles Armed Drill Team from Jay High School won their third straight National Championship and fifth overall. Two cadets also won a Dual Exhibition National Championship.

Silver Eagles ROTC Drill Team with Trophies

The Spartan Bears from the Brennan High School ROTC won a National Championship in the Mixed Division Fitness Challenge, a new addition to the competition.

Seven Northside high school ROTC programs took part in this year’s competition which pits the “best of the best” high school drill teams in the country from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force.

Brandeis High School AFJROTC

The Blue Aces Unarmed Drill Team placed second overall as the National Runner-Ups in the Masters Level. They placed first in the Unarmed Regulation phase and their commander Cadet Samuel won the Commander Trophy. They placed third in the Color Guard phase, first in the Unarmed Element Exhibition phase, and third in the Unarmed Flight Exhibition phase.

The Nighthawks Armed Drill Team placed sixth overall in the Masters Level Demilitarized Arms Drill competition. They placed second in the Color Guard phase and Cadet Cardona placed third in the Demilitarized Solo Exhibition Finals. Cadets Cardona and Darland placed fifth in the Demilitarized Dual Exhibition Finals.

The Lady Aces finished fourth in the Challenge Level Open Color Guard competition and the Raptors won fifth place.

Brennan High School AFJROTC

The Spartan Bears won the National Championship in the Mixed Division of the first Fitness Challenge. They placed first in the 3K run, first in the physical team test, third in the seated power throw team, third in the standing broad jump, and third in the pull-up/ flexed arm hang.

The Phoenix Armed Drill Team competed in the Challenge Level of the National High School Drill Team Championships placing third out of 35 teams from around the country. They placed second in the Armed Regulation phase and their commander placed third in the Commander Trophy competition.

Brennan students compete in fitness ROTC challenge on beach

Clark High School AFJROTC

The Clark High School Armed Drill Team, the Centurion Guard, placed fourth overall in the Masters Level Demilitarized Arms competition. They placed fourth in the Regulation phase and their Commander Cadet Holin placed second in the Commander Trophy. The Centurion Guard placed third in the Squad Exhibition phase and fourth in the Platoon Exhibition phase.

Clark’s Unarmed Drill Team, Silver Valor, placed fourth overall in the Masters Level competition. They placed third in the Unarmed Inspection phase and second in the Color Guard phase. They placed fourth in the Unarmed Element Exhibition phase and fifth in the Unarmed Flight Exhibition. Cadets Gonzalez and Cedillo placed second in the Unarmed Dual Exhibition competition and Cadets Osorio and Nguyen won third place in the Unarmed Dual Exhibition competition.

Jay HS AFJROTC

The Silver Eagles Armed Drill Team won their third straight National Championship, and fifth overall, in the Demilitarized Arms Masters Level competition. This accomplishment tied the record for the most armed national championships. The Silver Eagles placed first in three phases of competition and finished just 39 points short of a clean sweep, which has never been accomplished in the 35 year history of the event. They placed first in the Inspection, Color Guard, and Squad Exhibition Drill phases and second in the Regulation Drill and Platoon Exhibition phases. Team commander Cadet Colonel Charles Monk won the Commander Trophy and Cadets Benny Martinez and Jesse Martinez won the Dual Exhibition National Championship. The Silver Eagles were also crowned Air Force JROTC National Champions for the 11th year in a row.

The Marching Mustangs Armed Drill Team finished as runners-up in the Demilitarized Mixed/Alternative Arms Division which is part of the Masters Level competition. The Marching Mustangs are comprised of both males and females, and the majority of them were freshman cadets. They placed second in the Inspection and Squad Exhibition phases, third in the Color Guard phase, and fourth in the Platoon Exhibition and Regulation phases. They are the first team in the 35 year history of the event to go from competing in the lower Challenge Level competition one year to competing in the Masters Level competition the next year and finishing in second place.

The Snap II Unarmed Drill Team competed in the Unarmed Masters Level competition placing fifth in the Unarmed Element Exhibition phase and eighth overall.

Jay ROTC cadets with commanders and trophies

O’Connor High School AFJROTC

O’Connor High School’s Armed Drill Team, Rolling Thunder, placed 12th overall in the Masters Level Demilitarized Arms competition.

The Unarmed Drill Team, the Mighty Panthers, placed sixth in the Masters Level Unarmed Drill competition. Their Commander Cadet Park placed third in the Unarmed Commander Trophy competition and the Color Guard won fifth place.

The Panther Guard competed finished in 16th place in the Challenge Level Open Color Guard competition. The Dual Armed Team of Cadets Saldivar and Carrillo placed seventh in the Demilitarized Arms Dual Exhibition finals.

Taft High School AFJROTC

The Unarmed Drill Team, Taft Taps, placed 12th overall in the Masters Level competition.

The Dual Unarmed team of Cadets Osorio and Nguyen placed fourth in the Masters Level Unarmed Dual Exhibition. The Armed Drill Team, Sky Raiders, finished in 14th place in the Masters Level Demilitarized Arms competition. The Dual Armed Team of Cadets Garcia and Sanchez placed sixth in the Demilitarized Arms Duel Exhibition finals.

Warren High School AFJROTC

The Warren High School Silver Saints competed in the Challenge Level Open Color Guard and finished in third place overall.