On Saturday, Jan. 12, the Smith-Cotton JROTC Drill Team competed at the first-annual Leavenworth High School Drill Meet in Leavenworth, Kansas. The Smith-Cotton Drill Team earned the Overall Championship trophy at the awards ceremony, bringing home a total of 10 other trophies.
They included a fourth place in armed regulation, first and fourth place in unarmed regulation, third place in armed exhibition, second place in unarmed exhibition and unarmed color guard, and first place in armed color guard and new cadet squad.
The team was named first place overall in the unarmed division, second place overall in the armed division and first place Overall Champions. Cadet Rachael DeMent, the commander of the armed regulation team, said, “I really enjoyed traveling to Leavenworth with my team and being able to compete at the first annual Pioneer Drill Meet. It was a great experience for us.”
The Smith-Cotton Drill Team has been working extremely hard to pursue their goals and look forward to competing at Army Nationals in Kentucky and Drill Nationals in Daytona Beach, Florida. HOOAH!
Pictured from left to right, top to bottom are: Top row: Cadet Master Sergeant Connor Greene, Cadet Corporal Matthew Binney, Cadet Second Lieutenant Jonathan Sanchez, Cadet First Sergeant Jacob Karman, Cadet Staff Sergeant Michael Frazier, Cadet Staff Sergeant Kyle Pierson, Cadet Second Lieutenant Austin Breining, Cadet Second Lieutenant Stephen Weeks, and Cadet Captain Allison Morey.
Second Row: Cadet Private Cierra Jennings, Cadet Captain Shelbi Davis, Cadet Private First Class Hollee Akers, Cadet Staff Sergeant Emily Greble, Cadet Staff Sergeant Cosette Claybaugh, Cadet Captain Kendall Ott, Cadet Private First Class Jessica Martin, and Cadet Private Brittany Gollaher.
Third row: Cadet Private Kaitlyn Brown, Cadet Private Nicolochrist Dalumpines, Cadet Private First Class Keila Baeza, Cadet Private Allison Bouslaugh, Cadet Private Daryna Matsyokha, Cadet Staff Sergeant Keannia Collins, Cadet Second Lieutenant Madelyne Ash, and Cadet First Sergeant Elizabeth Narron.
Bottom row: Cadet Sergeant First Class Stephanie Barnier, Cadet Captain Alexandria Stewart, Cadet Major Jovana Cervantes, Cadet Major Aurora Rafael, Cadet Master Sergeant Rachael DeMent, Cadet First Sergeant Megan Wilbanks, Cadet First Sergeant Blake Kramer, and Cadet Staff Sergeant Dalton Trimnal.
Submitted by Cadet Captain Jacob Tilman and Cadet Master Sergeant Cristina Tejeda