Central’s NJROTC team has placed third in the area nine competition, an annual contest between ROTC groups, after months of preparation.
Every year, NJROTC classes across the county compete in various tasks to see which unit is doing the best. The competition consists of shooting air rifles, military drills, color guard, a military academic exam, and discipline of units.
The prize for placing in the top three is a trip to Oklahoma City to compete in a state competition. Senior Isaac Katz, a leader in NJROTC says, “Instead, we are going to Pensacola Florida…. We’re taking that trip to celebrate all the hard work the cadets have done.”
In order to prepare for the meet, the cadets studied constantly and had inspections in their full uniforms. The team gets up early for 7 a.m. practice every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. During these practices, they go through unarmed drill, armed drill, and color guard drill.
Katz says his favorite part of competing is “The camaraderie, you get to talk to your buddies from other schools… I’ve noticed that everyone forges friendships here that you couldn’t get anywhere else.”
The NJROTC has finished their competition strong and is excited to travel to Florida together and celebrate the year’s hard work.
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