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MIGHTY RAYS BATTALION ARMED DRILL TEAM

IEKHS RAYS & CHS CARIBS JOIN IN CELEBRATION  OF 1ST & 2ND PLACE OVERALL FOR 2011
IEKHS RAYS & CHS CARIBS JOIN IN CELEBRATION OF 1ST & 2ND PLACE OVERALL FOR 2011

020-2011                                                                                                                     January 25, 2011

 

GOVERNOR DE JONGH COMMENDS KEAN, CENTRAL JROTC DRILL TEAMS FOR PERFORMANCE AT PUERTO RICO COMPETITION

            On Tuesday, Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. congratulated two Virgin Islands Junior ROTC drill teams for their dominant performances at the 7th Annual Colonel Pedro Negron Drill Competition in Puerto Rico.

            Ivanna Eudora Kean High School's "Mighty Rays," placed first, closely followed by Central High School's "Caribs" in second place. Both 36-member teams joined to sing the Virgin Islands March and their schools' Alma Maters in celebration of their achievements.

            "The young JROTC cadets put on display an incredible show of teamwork, discipline and rigor. They represented the territory with great distinction and brought pride to their families and fellow Virgin Islanders," the governor said.

            The two teams were flown to and from Saturday's competition by a Virgin Islands National Guard Army Aviation Detachment's C-23 Sherpa. They competed with five other schools at the Antilles Military Academy in Trujillo Alto.

            The 72 Virgin Islands cadets performed difficult routines with military precision, showcasing their abilities in twirling rifles, footwork and handwork, and professional appearance.             They competed in the following categories: Color Guard, Regulation Squad Drill, Regulation Platoon Drill, Unarmed Drill Team, Armed Drill Team and the individual TAP OUT event, a contest that tests each cadet's ability to closely follow commands in which Kean and Central students took the first five spots.    

            "JROTC programs build good citizenship and leadership among our youth. These 72 cadets are shining examples of the potential of our young students and the bright future of the Virgin Islands. I commend them for the excellence they put on display on their competitors' home turf," de Jongh said.

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