Members of the Centennial High School NJROTC program show they’re No. 1 after winning the NJROTC National
Academics, Athletics and Drill Competition at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., in April. Trophies and awards for the
event are provided by the Navy League.
The NJROTC team from Centennial High School in Las Vegas was the
overall winner at the annual National Academics, Athletics and
Drill Competition held at the Naval
Air Station Pensacola, Fla., in April.
The unit is sponsored by the Navy
League’s Las Vegas Council.
The Centennial unit competed
against 24 other NJROTC high
school units from 13 states in personnel inspections, academic tests,
military drill and athletic events.
More than 1,000 NJROTC cadets
participated in the competition.
The 2009 NJROTC Nationals
awards ceremony was held in the
atrium of the National Museum of
Naval Aviation April 18. Rear Adm.
Cliff Sharpe, commander, Naval
Service Training Command, presented Centennial High School with
the overall championship trophy.
The Navy League provides all of
the awards for the competition.
National Director Hans Krucke, former Southern Region president, represented National President J. Michael McGrath at the event and presented some of the awards. Sharpe
was the guest speaker. Rear Adm.
Gary Jones, commander, Naval Education Training Command, was a distinguished guest.
This was the 11th straight year
the event has been held at Naval Air
Station Pensacola. Hundreds of supporters attended to cheer the cadets
on during the various events. Navy
Band New Orleans also performed.
In a separate competition, the
Navy League presented its “Most
Outstanding In Nation” award to
the NJROTC Unit at Troy High
School in Fullerton, Calif., June 1.
Bill Forrey, president of the Orange
County, Calif., Council, and John
Easton, area president, Calif.
Coast/Inland Valley Area, presented
the unit with its award.
The Most Outstanding In Nation award is based on NJROTC
area managers’ evaluations of the
overall performances of each unit
in their area. Academic performance, community service and inter-unit competitions in academics,
drill, color guard, athletics and air
rifle are all considered.
A special committee at the Naval
Service Training Command headquarters selected the Troy unit from
11 finalists — one from each region
of the United States and Europe. All
of the NJROTC’s 600-plus programs
are eligible to participate. The Navy
League provides trophies and
plaques for the competition.
The Troy program has blossomed
over the past three years, growing
from 130 cadets to 230 today and a
projected 260 next year, according
to Allen Stubblefield, Troy’s senior
naval science instructor. Ninety-three percent ( 51 of 55) of Troy
NJROTC seniors have gone to college in the past three years. Five
graduates are attending the U.S.
Naval Academy, one is in college on
a NROTC scholarship and three
more will be attending college next
fall in the NROTC program.
“Troy’s cadets are smart, motivated and eager to learn,” Stubblefield said.
Navy League Presents
Awards to Service
Navy League representatives presented several awards during recent
ceremonies held as part of sea service academy graduation activities.
During a U.S. Coast Guard
Academy Commencement Awards
Ceremony May 19 in New London,
Conn., Empire Region President
William J. Evanzia presented first-class Cadet Matthew E. Eyler with
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