In the Loop Editor
The Grenada High School NNDCC (Navy National Defense Cadet Corps) showed its strength recently as cadets brought home several awards from regional competitions. The cadets trained hard prior to the meets both during and after school in order to perform at their best during the physical training and drill meets. Under the leadership of Chief Reese Foreman, the GHS chapter placed extremely well this year in competition, winning 20 trophies thus far.
On April 1, 2017, the GHS cadets traveled to Oxford to compete at the 17th annual Lafayette Invitational Drill Meet and 3rd Northern Mississippi Regional JROTC Athletic Competition. Other teams participating in the event included Lafayette, Rosa Fort, Olive Branch, Horn Lake, Lake Cormorant, New Albany, Grenada and Oxford.
This was the third time the cadets have participated in an Air Force Meet. In order to compete at Air Force meets, the cadets must learn Air Force and state drill cards. During the competitions, cadets perform physical training moves specific to the branch of armed forces sponsoring the meet. Drill cards list the individual moves and the branch-specific names for each. Drill cards can be anywhere from 10-60 drill commands that a Cadet Commander must learn and perform from memory. The GHS cadets' previous meets have all used Navy drill cards.
During the Lafayette Invitational, the GHS team won three second place trophies, and fourteen medals. The unit placed second in Two-Man Tandem, with Cadets Dallin Foreman and Chance Wortham earning a medal for the third time this year. Cadet Eleasa Ramsey placed second and Cadet Dallin Foreman placed third in the Knock-Out Drill, earning each cadet a medal. Both the Unarmed Exhibition and Armed Exhibition teams won trophies for second place in their categories, and the GHS cadets also placed second in Personnel Inspection.
After the Lafayette Invitational, ten cadets competed in the Northern Mississippi Regional JROTC Athletic Competition. It is the third time in three years the unit attended the meet, finishing 4th the first year, 3rd the second year and 1st this year. Events were Ammo-Can Carry (ammo can filled with 25lbs of sand), Curl-Up (sit-ups), 10 X 100 Relay, Stretcher, One Mile Run, and Pull-Ups for males and Flex-Arm Hang for females. The competition was tough, but GHS cadets persevered, placing in the top spot against six teams. Their incredible finish qualified them for state finals scheduled for May 6, 2017. There they will compete in physical training events against the top 18 JROTC schools in the state. The cadets are proud of their accomplishments for the year and have already begun training for next year's drill of competitions. Congratulations to all of these cadets for the hard work and dedication they have shown this year. Your hard work has paid off and you brought home the proof of your efforts! Keep up the good work!
***Thanks to Chief Reese Foreman for contributing this article.