JROTC drill competition showcases abilities

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The WBHS male color guard competed against the WBHS female team for the title of top army color guard.

By KATIE JUSTICE, kjustice@clickthepaper.com

The girls had it going on, winning almost every top award at the Jackson County Comprehensive High School’s drill meet held Jan. 26 at the Gordon Street Center.

Eight schools showed up to compete with several others cancelling their trips due to icy weather. Of the eight schools in attendance, Jefferson and Winder-Barrow High School were the strongest finishers of the meet.

Winder-Barrow’s JROTC male and female color guards were the top two teams competing for the title of Army Color Guard Champs, and the Lady Bulldogs took home the title.

“There’s no job in drill more important than color guard,” said Elizabeth Higgins, JROTC instructor at Jackson County Comprehensive High School.

Competing to be named Air Force Color Guard Champs were the Jefferson High School’s male team three and female team. Once again, the women were named No. 1, with Jefferson’s female team taking the overall title of 2013 Jackson County Color Guard Champions. The team has only been practicing together for just over three weeks before the competition, according to their instructor Maj. Bryan Watson.

“Winning isn’t everything, but it sure is fun,” said Watson, who admits, “It’s hard to be humble with good kids like this.”

Jefferson also placed first in dual exhibition. Winder-Barrow placed third in solo exhibitionist and first in the armed squad categories.

“It’s amazing what these kids can do. They just don’t realize they can,” Frank Brown, JROTC instructor at Winder-Barrow.

Jackson County Comprehensive High School also placed in the armed squad category, taking third.

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A representative from the JCCHS armed squad receiving an award for placing third in the category of armed squad.
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JCCHS color guard competing in the category of mixed (male and female) teams.
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The Jefferson High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps' entire team posing with awards.
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The Jefferson female color guard earned the title of top female color guard, top air force color guard and overall color guard champs.
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The JHS male team 3 color guard took first place in male color guards.
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JHS male team 3 took first place in male color guards.
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WBHS armed squad earned first place in armed squad exhibition.
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The WBHS female team placed first as the overall army color guard.
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The WBHS female color guard placed first as the overall army color guard.
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WBHS male competed against the WBHS female team for the title of top army color guard.
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WBHS solo exhibitionist 10th grader Martin Cintron placed third out of seven exhibitionists.