Elkin High School JROTC demonstrated a mastery of several drill formations and answered questions for an attentive seventh and eighth grade audience Thursday in the Carpenter Gymnasium.
The Color Guard opened the drill events with Dulce Rodriguez, Esmeralda Sanchez, Hardon Walker and Matthew Waddell. Maj. Roy Ferguson and Sgt. Kenneth Abrams led commands where the cadets demonstrated individual, squad, duet and platoon drills with and without rifles. Ferguson and Abrams said the cadets accomplished their goals of showing command of drills for the student body when the demonstration was over.
After the JROTC drill event, female cadets Rodriguez and Sanchez, both in the Color Guard, said they were proud to be part of the JROTC, and in the Color Guard especially. Both said they would like to continue in military careers after graduating from high school.
Ferguson said he was proud that the Elkin High School JROTC reflects diversity in the ranks with 56 members, both male and female. He added some members were from a varied range of athletic programs. He added that women in the military are often some of the best key leaders and staff officers.
The Elkin High School JROTC wore new uniforms decorated with badges they have earned in past drill performances.
Elkin Middle School Principal Pam Tolbert said, “Major Ferguson came to me with the idea to do a middle school JROTC field day where his high school students would demonstrate drills and hold activities for seventh and eighth graders. We are excited to be able to see firsthand some of the opportunities available to our students next year. Our students have been excited all week.”
Tolbert said she was amazed to see the “strong leaders” that many of her former middle school students had become and how they had grown through the JROTC program.
After the JROTC indoor drill performances, Elkin’s Raider team composed of eight male and female members demonstrated how to build a rope bridge.
The Elkin High School JROTC Raider team competed in April in the “Best of the Best Raider Competition” in Ridgeway at Magna Vista High School along with 23 other high schools from Virginia and North Carolina. They finished twelfth.
It was the first time that Elkin’s Raider team competed with others teams in the 4th Brigade. The 4th Brigade is headquartered in Fort Bragg.
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