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Sussex Tech JROTC drill team wins state championship

May 01, 2013
Source: Submitted Raven Battalion JROTC Drill Team members show off their awards from the Eagle Classic. In back are (l-r) Mikala Herlihy, Seaford; Colin Hearn, Laurel; Emily Tirado, Frankford; Margaret Legates, Georgetown; Matthew Zwiebel, Millsboro; and Branagh James, Bridgeville; third row, Dana Ramirez, Georgetown; Michaela Anderson, Millsboro; Bradley Gordon, Milton; Nikales Joseph, Seaford; Andrew Hartman, Bridgeville; and Jerry Legates, Georgetown; second row, Brittany Yeo, Millsboro; Alex Hassman, Greenwood; Emma Rider, Bridgeville; Samantha Hawkins, Georgetown; Megan Legates, Georgetown; Spencer Turner, Georgetown; and Andrew Atkins, Millsboro). In front are Joseph Hartman, Bridgeville; Dylan Varrato, Georgetown; Armed Exhibition Leader Tyler Wood, Laurel; Unarmed Exhibition Leader Kaycee Bean, Laurel; Robert Christensen, Harbeson; and Sgt. Luis Melendez.

The Sussex Tech Raven Battalion JROTC won the Delaware State Championship in Unarmed Exhibition Drill competition at the Eagle Classic April 20 at the Dover Air Force Base. Eight Delaware schools competed in six drill categories - Inspection, Color Guard, Unarmed Regulation, Armed Regulation, Unarmed Exhibition and Armed Exhibition. The Raven Battalion also placed third in the Armed Exhibition Drills.

Led by Cadet Lt. Col. Kaycee Bean, the Unarmed Exhibition cadets went through a series of choreographed steps and turns in precision movement. Members of the championship team are cadets Emma Rider, Branagh James, Alex Hassman, Joseph Hartman, Colin Hearn, Robert Christensen, Samantha Hawkins and Spencer Turner.


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