WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange High School Air Force Jr. ROTC hosted its first-ever drill competition on April 6; 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,” said USAF retired Major Joseph Marchesini, 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 plan, organize and execute the event. Eleven schools from New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania traveled to the high school to compete, with about 500 guests in total.”
Participating groups were: Bridgeton High School; Cherry Hill West High School; East Orange Campus High School; Jackson Memorial High School from Jackson, N.J.; Louis E. Dieruff High School from Allentown, Pa.; Old Bridge High School; Piscataway High School; Truman High School from the Bronx; Washington Township High School; and William Dickinson High School from Jersey City.
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.
Photos Courtesy of WOSD