Students in Georgetown High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps are celebrating winning 10 trophies at a recent competition and qualifying for the state championship.
Under the direction of Major S.C. Studley USMC (Ret.), senior Naval science instructor for the school’s NJROTC program, and Cadet Cmdr. Kimberly Lippert, a senior at Georgetown High School, traveled to Cape Fear High School in Fayetteville, North Carolina, on Nov. 17 to compete against drill teams from both North and South Carolina.
The Bulldogs won 10 trophies, the most they have won at a sanctioned drill meet, and qualified for the Area 6 Sanctioned Drill Championship (equivalent of a combined NC/SC state championship) that will be held at Chapin High School in Chapin on March 2, 2019. This marks the first time in school history that Georgetown has qualified for the championship. The top two teams at the state meet will qualify for nationals, which will be held in Pensacola, Florida.
Units were evaluated on their appearance, academics, drill, and their physical fitness. Marines from Camp Lejuene North Carolina volunteered their time and effort on a Saturday to serve as judges for the Area 6 Sanctioned Meet.
“I firmly believe that we have the best kids ... not just the cadets that participated today but our entire unit,” Studley said. “I am very fortunate to be the instructor of such great kids.”
He said the cadets have been practicing extremely hard to prepare for states.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with their effort,” Studley said. “We still have two more sanctioned meets before the championship, but it is nice qualifying early and not having to worry about it.
Georgetown brings 45-plus cadets to a competitive meet, often doubling the size of other school, Studley said.
“There are two approaches to drill meets, some schools will bring 20-plus cadets and have a small number do every event,” he said “At Georgetown we believe in giving as many cadets as possible an opportunity to challenge themselves and learn from the experience.”
Studley commended his team commanders:
- Academic Team: Cadet Harrison Pelham
- Unarmed Regulation: Cadet Stephanie Cardwell
- Armed Regulation: Cadet Madison Lin
- Unarmed Exhibition: Cadet Sarah Batton
- Armed Exhibition: Cadet Nathan Crump
- Physical Training Commander: Cadet Alston Nash