Battle Ground High School AFJROTC Unarmed Drill Team and Prairie High School AFJROTC Armed and Unarmed Drill Teams competed at the National High School Drill Championships on May 3-5 in Daytona Beach, FL. The teams brought home multiple top finishes and trophies.
This was the first Armed Team from Prairie High School and first Unarmed Drill Team from Battle Ground High School to compete at any national competition. Both schools’ Unarmed Drill Team competed in the Master’s Level Team Exhibition against 31 teams fighting for top spots. Prairie’s Armed Team, which competed in the Challenge Level and commanded by cadet/Lieutenant Colonel Jacob Lundy, received fourth in the nation overall. This fourth place finish is the result of a combined overall score for Regulation Drill, Color Guard, Uniform Inspection, and Team Exhibition. The team also brought home two national trophies, fourth for Color Guard, and fifth for Exhibition. Prairie Cadet Andrew Friason also finished second in the nation in Armed Individual Regulation. “This is an outstanding accomplishment,” said PHS AFJORTC Master Sergeant Randy Martin. “We are so proud of these cadets, they represent our school and district with dignity and honor.”
Battle Ground’s Unarmed Drill Team came home with a fifth place trophy in the nine-person Exhibition Drill competition. “Competing at the Master’s level in our first National Championship, and to be ranked the fifth team in the nation, is a major accomplishment,” said BGHS AFJROTC Col. Brian Brown. Battle Ground’s program also earned the Distinguished Unit Award for the fifth year in a row. The team was one of 223 units nation-wide selected for this prestigious award. “Battle Ground far surpassed its goals in community service, uniform inspections/wear and improved cadet overall GPAs and Physical Training,” said Col. Brown. “We are very proud of their continued success and being selected as a Honors Unit.”
The Battle Ground Board of Directors invites students, staff, and community members to the annual “Pass-in-Review,” an event for both BGHS and PHS AFJROTC cadets to present themselves for review on Saturday, May 31, 8:00 AM at the District Stadium.