CAPE FEAR HIGH SCHOOL NJROTC DRILL TEAM DOES GOOD
2016 NJROTC Nationals Drill Championship
The Cape Fear High School Navy Junior ROTC drill team finished in 15th place overall at the 2016 Navy Junior ROTC Nationals Drill Championships held at Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida on 1-2 April 2016. The team was competing among the top 25 schools in the nation having qualified for nationals at a regional meet in Chapin, SC. CFHS was the only school in North Carolina invited to compete at the national championship.
The 25 teams were graded in the following categories: inspection, academic test, physical fitness tests, color guard, armed and unarmed exhibition, and armed and unarmed regulation. The NJROTC Nationals remain the most comprehensive test of overall JROTC training and performance in existence today according to the Navy Nationals website.
The NJROTC instructional team at CFHS consists of CAPT (Ret) Andrew Karakos, USN; and, SgtMaj (Ret) Leon Thornton, USMC both in the team group photo above.
The Cape Fear Chapter supported the team with a $1,000 assistance grant to help defray its transportation and lodging expenses. Photo at bottom right shows Chapter President Juan Chavez and 3rd Vice President Marty Williams presenting the check to Cadet Commander Haylee D. Neal and Cadet Lieutenant Commander Laura Sandoval.
A thank you letter from Captain Karakos is at download below.