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JROTC Takes Fourth in the Nation

Danielle Cotton, Staff Writer

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Gaither’s JROTC was named fourth in the nation at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida. They competed against 25 other schools across the nation in Athletics, Academics and Drill events. 

Individuals from the program also achieve in receiving personal awards.  

For the Individual Academics: Mathew Kessler took eighth place, Jaden Landers took sixth place, Kenneth Arnold took fourth place and Jonas Rowan took first place. The Academic Team won second place overall. 

JROTC placed 10th in unarmed basic drill and 16th in unarmed exhibition. Junior Leticia Daubar, a E7 Cadet Chief Petty Officer, placed third overall individually in the nation for female push-ups. This achievement was one that she worked hard for and was proud of her accomplishment. 

“My goal [for] this competition was to place in the top five,” said Daubar. 

JROTC had put in countless hours of training and running drills to place in the top five, and many of the cadets were proud of the place they earned. 

“I was really proud of the team for placing top five in the nation. It was definitely an improvement from last year and we all worked very hard to get to where we are now,” continued Daubar. 

Despite the successful season, they are already looking ahead to the upcoming year and working towards becoming the best in the nation. 

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