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West Orange High School AFJROTC Hosts First-Ever Drill Competition

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange High School AFJROTC hosted their first-ever drill competition on April 6, and by all accounts, it was a fun-filled, relationship building, friendly, and competitive day.

 

"Drill competitions are events during which JROTC units come together to compete in military-type events," explained Maj. Joseph Marchesini (USAF Ret.) who runs the ROTC program at WOHS.

 

"Examples of events include Armed and Unarmed Color Guard procedures, rifle exhibitions, physical training and academics. Our kids don't actually participate as the hosts, but they planned, organize and execute the event.  11 schools from NJ, NY and PA traveled to the high school to compete, with about 500 guests in total."

 

Participating groups were:

 

BRIDGETON (BRIDGETON, NJ)
CHERRY HILL WEST (CHERRY HILL, NJ)
EAST ORANGE (EAST ORANGE, NJ)
JACKSON MEMORIAL (JACKSON, NJ)
LOUIS E. DIERUFF (ALLENTOWN, PA)
OLD BRIDGE (OLD BRIDGE, NJ)
PISCATAWAY (PISCATAWAY, NJ)
TRUMAN (BRONX, NY) 
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP (WASHINGTON TWP, NJ)
WILLIAM DICKINSON (JERSEY CITY, NJ)
 
 
Several AFJROTC instructors, family members, and even members of the Air Force enjoyed the day. Following the events, an awards ceremony was held in the Tarnoff gym. See the competition results here.
 
 
See photos here.
 
 
Drill Competition
 Cadets Owen Murphy, Chance Garguilo, Zander Lipsey, Cade Lipsey
 
 
Drill Competition
 Cadet Angel Cordero, Major Marchesini, Staff Sgt Dan Clayton.
 
 Drill Competition
 
Cadet Jared Robertson, BOE member Mark Robertson, SFC Robert Desch.
 
 

 Drill Competition

 Cadets Vanessa Lettman, Rayne Obreiter, Austin Cowley, Caden Siva and Mike Cespedes

 

 

 
 
Cynthia Cumming
April 6, 2019