South Stokes JROTC cadets travelled to Mooresville, N.C. and competed in a Drill Competition alongside 11 other schools including Guilford, Kannapolis, Mecklenburg County schools and three from the Myrtle Beach area. In a total of eight drill events that included four to 13 cadets, students from South and West Stokes won first place in seven of the events and captured first place in the overall competition.
The JROTC program began in the early 80’s at South Stokes. When West Stokes was built students continued going to South. Today, it’s a combined program with nearly equal representation from both schools.
“Despite the rivalry between the two schools there has never been an issue,” said Senior Marine Instructor Bill Baker. “All of the cadets work harmoniously together to achieve our goals.”
Baker said units, various squads, platoons and color guards practice under student leadership and Master Sergeant Grogan, South Stokes Marine Instructor for the past 14 years.
“Normally practices are inside the school in a gymnasium, but on occasion they practice outside regardless of weather,” he explained.
As part of the JROTC program, the group of students perform over 1,000 hours of community service each year.
“The program’s important because it incorporates a wide variety of the student body and its main focus is to prepare students for life after graduation. Skills learned include citizenship, discipline, responsibility respect and dedication. We teach a variety of subjects on US History, Military History, personal growth, leadership and citizenship,” he said.
The JROTC came in first place in the following events: Color Guard (veteran) 1st Place led by Cadet Captain Corey Adams, Color Guard (new) 1st Place led by Cadet Corporal Riley Smith, Unarmed Squad 1st Place led by Cadet Captain Corey Adams, Unarmed Squad 1st year students 2nd Place led by Cadet Captain Corey Adams, Unarmed Platoon 1st Place led by Cadet Sgt Tyler Adkins, Armed Squad 1st Place led by Cadet Captain Corey Adams, Armed Platoon 1st Place Cadet Captain Corey Adams, Individual Armed 1st Place Cadet Sergeant Nicholas Proctor.
This year’s participants at West Stokes include: Gabe Tedder, Nick Smith, Riley Smith, Dillon McBean, Austin Southard, Robert Taylor, Parker Johnson, Bailey Blevins, Jessica Hartmann
South Stokes: Tyler Adkins, Jordan Decker, Blake Bullins, Austin Neely, Cody Oliver, Isaac Patterson, Corey Adams, Hunter Johnson, Dre’ Bonner, Jalyn Simmons, Austin Potts, Brandon Krupel, Rudy Thompson, Deshun Reynolds, Corey Agee, Alex Ogan, Devon Wires, Issac Brown, Nicholas Proctor, Kenneth Thomas, Armando Rodriguez, Cody Carter, Mary Hill, Jade Joyce, Jabrea Gore, Cheyanne Hicks, Reva Lee, Kendra Samuels
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