SHS & SEB JROTC Capture Regional Titles

From The Herald
By ROGER ALLEN

The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps’ (JROTC) color guard teams from Statesboro High and Southeast Bulloch High captured both the boys and girls Region 9 championship titles, and each team won other trophies during the event held last Saturday at Metter High School.
The JROTC Region 9 is made up of high schools in Jenkins, Bryan, Candler, Emanuel, Toombs and Bulloch counties. The regional championship is the last event before the annual JROTC State Drill Competition next weekend in Griffin.
The Southeast Bulloch High School JROTC drill team took first in seven out of eight team drill events, dominating the regulation armed and unarmed drill categories. The SEB JROTC team is coached by  retired 1st Sgt. Charles E. Yeater.
In the female cadet division, Maj. Harley Davis commanded both the female armed squad and the female color guard and Maj. Kaitlyn Counterman commanded the female unarmed squad to first-place finishes.
In the male mixed cadet division, Capt. Christopher Morris and his male armed platoon, Csm. Joshua Woods and his male unarmed platoon, Lt. Col. David Cryer and the male armed squad, and Capt. Tristen Clemmons and his male unarmed squad all captured first-place finishes. Capt. Andy Blake led the male color guard to a second-place finish.
In the “knockout drills,” boys and girls competed against each other and only the top three cadets in each drill were recognized. In the armed knockout competition, first place went to Cryer, second place was Blake and third place was Davis. In the unarmed knockout, Cryer took third place.
The Statesboro High School JROTC team is coached by retired 1st Sgt. David D. Redwine, who is assisted by Brandon McNatt and Emily McNatt. Their team cadet captains are Lt. Col. Erin Holloway and Lt. Col. J.D. Page.
In the female cadet events, 2nd Lt. Kierra Wallace’s armed platoon took first place, MSG Alyssa McNally and Sfc. Hailey Adams won first place for their armed dual exhibition routine, and Capt. Shakira Mikell led her unarmed platoon to a first-place finish.
Also, Capt. Demarka Smith placed first in the individual exhibition drill, Lt. Col. Erin Holloway’s color guard placed third, Adams led her armed squad to a third-place finish, and the unarmed squad led by Capt. Dayanna Littles placed fourth.
In the mixed cadet events, Csm. Angel Pacheco led the color guard to a regional championship. The team led by 2nd Lt. Deonte Blackburn took second in the exhibition squad, and Sfc. Caleb Davis and his team took second place in unarmed platoon.
They were followed by Sfc. Lucian Lyons’ armed squad, which placed third in the competition. The unarmed squad drill team led by 1st Sgt. Alex Redman  also placed third, as did Page and his armed platoon.
In the individual and dual mixed male events, Lyons finished third in the individual exhibition drill; and Smith and Blackburn teamed up to take third place in the armed dual exhibition.
The two teams now travel to the state JROTC championships. There are 12 regions with 114 JROTC schools in the state. The championship event will be held at Griffin High School in Griffin-Spalding County on Saturday, March 21.

Stacy George

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