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EWH AFJROTC brings home trophies after showcasing skills at invitational drill competition

The Eastern Wayne High (EWH) Air Force Junior Reserve Training Corps (AFJROTC) Drill Team recently competed against 17 other AFJROTC units across North Carolina at the 10th Annual Capital City Invitational Drill Competition held in Raleigh, North Carolina.  

The EWH AFJROTC drill team won the Overall 1st Place Regulation Drill Competition, which included 10 regulation drill events. The drill team also took the Overall 2nd Place Regulation and Innovative Competition, which included 15 drill events.

“The performance at the drill competition was the result of lots of hard work, dedication and practice every day for the entire school year,” stated Lt Col Jesse Smith, EWH AFJROTC Instructor. “The Drill Team is cadet-led and we couldn't be prouder as they faced many seasoned schools.”

In total, the drill team team took home 11 trophies, which also included:
  • 3rd Place Regulation Element Armed (Commander: Hartley Mozingo; Element members: James Sutton, Jacob Schilling, Hamza Adil, Christina Cruze, Emani McDuffie)\
  • 2nd Place Regulation Flight Armed (Commander: Jacob Schilling; Flight members: James Sutton, Landon Reiber, Marico Graham, Christina Cruze, Hamza Adil, Aidan Schilling, Emani McDuffie, Michael Cruze, Janae Griffin)
  • 3rd Place Regulation Element Unarmed (Commander: Jacob Schilling; Element members: Emani McDuffie, Hartley Mozingo, Michael Cruze, Christina Cruze, Janae Griffin)
  • 2nd Place Regulation AS-1 Flight Unarmed (Commander: Aidan Schilling; Flight members: James Sutton, Michael Lehmann, Shawn Davis, Hamza Adil, Arianna Marcy, Monica Solano, Marico Graham, Alexander Sabin, Heidi Orozco)
  • 2nd Place Regulation AS-1 Element Unarmed (Commander: James Sutton; Element members: Aidan Schilling, Hamza Adil, Shawn Davis, Marico Graham, Monica Solano).
  • 2nd Place Innovative Individual Armed Female (Christina Cruze)
  • 1st Place Regulation Armed Knockout (Jacob Schilling)
  • 1st Place AS-1 Regulation Unarmed Knockout (Monica Solano)
  • 3rd Place AS-1 Regulation Unarmed Knockout (Orianna Burwell and Shawn Davis)
“Cristina Cruze is the Drill Team Commander, Jacob Schilling and Daniel Stevens are the Special Teams Squadron Commanders, and Genesis Manzanares is the Color Guard Commander,” adds Lt Col Smith. “Over the past two years, these cadets built a competitive Drill Team from scratch.  We are extremely proud of all cadets that competed and represented Eastern Wayne High School and Wayne County well.”

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