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CCHS drill team takes second at East Valley - Central Oregonian

December 16, 2012
Crook County High School

After more than a year without competing, the Crook County NJROTC is back in competitive form.

Crook County won the Cascade Conference Championship two years ago, then did not compete at all last year.

Crook County did not enter teams in every event during the competition, which was held Saturday, Dec. 1 at East Valley High School in Yakima, Wash. Nevertheless, the entries that Crook County did have all performed above expectations.

“Having the youngest and most inexperienced team there, Crook County cadets performed just like real champions,” said Master Chief Donny Jackson. “They made all of us very proud of them. Even though they were scared and unsure, a person could not see it during the competition.”

The Crook County unarmed drill team led the way for Crook County taking second in the event. Crook County finished just one point behind winner, Redmond, with every other team far behind.

“It was totally amazing,” Jackson said. “Beyond my total expectations. They were so nervous that some of them were shaking prior to the competition, but they came through when it counted. Not in a million years would I have thought the team would have done that well.”

The unarmed drill team finished first in regulation drill, and first in personnel inspection, but made too many little mistakes in the remainder of the competition to pull out the win.

Drill team commander Eloisa Terrazas finished fifth individually and was just six points away from first place.

The team’s number one color guard also took fifth place in the 11-school competition, while the physical fitness team finished in seventh place.

The team did not enter an armed drill team in the competition. However, Jonah Shadle took fifth place out of 33 students in the armed individual drill competition.

Crook County’s NJROTC?team will compete in four more regular meets this year.

The next competition is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 19 in Walla Walla, Wash.

Jackson expects the armed drill team to be ready for competition by then. Unlike past years, when all 11 schools are eligible, this year only the top four teams in each event will compete at the state championships.

Jackson’s goal is to advance all of Crook County’s drill teams to the state championships which will be held at North Salem High School in March.

“We will know our chances after the next meet,” he said. “

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