On April 4, the 25-member JROTC drill team from East Gadsden High School competed in the 2009 National Eastern Drill Championship in Upper Malboro, Md. The cadets competed in four events in the armed division, including color guard, armed squad exhibition, armed platoon regulation and unit inspection.
The Jaguars won fourth place in armed squad exhibition, commanded by CSM Colby Marshall. Team members included Veronta Bryant, Ernest Nixon III, Jeffery Jackson, Demetrius Williams, Telvin Bryant, John Roberts, Tyrone Johnson and Jeremiah Showers.
“The squad performed outstanding despite the severe weather that has hammered our usual training. It is also a great rebound from a disappointing performance at the state meet two weeks ago,” said SFC Michael Williams, exhibition team instructor.
The results of the remaining events were: eighth place color guard, ninth place armed platoon regulation and 14th place in the inspection.
“This is by far the best overall team results for the Jaguar team at the national meet. This is the second time we have won an award at a national level competition,” said MSG Jerome Kerrison, team instructor.
During the trip, the cadets toured Washington D.C., visiting the Lincoln, Jefferson and Korean War Veterans memorials, the Washington Monument and the National Mall. The cadets also saw The White House, and visited and received a guided tour of the Defense Information School, located at Fort Meade, Md.
This article was submitted by the JROTC.