Los Alamos High School Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) took home seven trophies in the 22nd Annual Texas Tech University Drill Competition hosted by the Sabre Flight Drill Team in Lubbock last weekend.
The drill teams consisted of armed regulation and exhibition, unarmed regulation and exhibition, mixed and male color guards, and a physical fitness team that competed against 10 schools from throughout the southwest region.
Cadets Rigel Baron (captain), Tom Hanlon, Derek Janetzky, and John Valdiviez were on the male physical fitness team which excelled in push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups to win the the event. The armed drill team placed first in inspection, second in sweepstakes, and second in regulation. The unarmed drill team took third place in sweepstakes.
Drill captains for the event were: Gianna Maggiore, unarmed regulation commander, Mikyla Smith, unarmed exhibition commander, Rigel Baron, armed regulation commander, and John Valdiviez, armed exhibition commander.
“The cadets worked very hard preparing for this events and their efforts paid off,” LCDR Wes Shumaker said. “Our teams did extremely well considering one team from San Antonio, Texas, which competed was the Air Force National Championship team last year.”
Los Alamos NJROTC parade rest from left, Lauren Partin, John Valdiviez, William Whitman, Sam Wolfe, Madison Gaetjens and Andres Maestas. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos NJROTC cadet Derek Janetzky. Courtesy photo