AFJROTC drilled into top scores at competition

The AFJROTC chapter at Ola scored high at the Group Air Force JROTC National Drill Team Championships which will lead them into the next competition in Daytona a few days after prom.

Sav Simpson, Social Manager

On March 5, the AFJROTC “Red Tails” Drill team attended the Group Air Force JROTC National Drill Team Championships bringing home various placements which advance to the Championships in Daytona, Fl.

Cadets Nya Davis and Jania Mills placed 4th in Unarmed Dual Exhibition which guarantees the pair a spot in the National High School Drill Team Championships in Daytona for placing in the top five. The Unarmed Inspection Team commanded by Cadet Natalie Kincaide finished in 6th place, missing the award stand by 19 points.

“With you not knowing the make up of this inspection tea,, this was an outstanding accomplishment to compete at a national event and almost make the Top five when seven of the 12 team members were made up of first year cadets,” director Torrance McGee stated.

Cadet Kincaide also was the first cadet in the Ola AFJROTC history to place in individual Armed Regulation Drill placing 3rd.

Coming up short was Cadet Tameescha Beliard in defending her 2015 Unarmed Dual Exhibition Championship. This year, Beliard placed 3rd with her teammate Genesis Guerrier who will both be traveling to Daytona for the National Championship.

“My mindset going into the competition was that we were going to be National Champs. I didn’t have a doubt that we weren’t going to be National Champs, so when I got the results back, I was like…what,” McGee said. Preparations for the team included covering the whole floor which the other teams did not do; however, the other teams placed higher.

“I was surprised we go third. I was disappointing but more disappointing for the seniors,” McGee said. “Both teams were prepared.”

Two teams competed, one older than the other. The older team had more sharpness and quickness than the younger one which showed in the competition.

“I felt like they could pull it off, but came up a little short,” McGee said.

McGee had connections to some of the winning teams and based off their score sheets, he will be changing some of the components of the routine. Exiting and entering the floor is a very important statement and where most points are gained according to McGee.

“I expect great things from the upcoming first Cadets,” McGee said.