The Navy League sponsors this
national award. St. Augustine
Council President Bill Dudley
presented the honor to Heinrich.
The award criteria includes level
of academic achievements, field
meet performance, orientation
activities, school service projects,
community service activities, extracurricular activities, annual formal inspection report and summer
“I could not be more proud of
these extraordinary young men
and women,” said CAPT Scott La-
Rochelle, Nease senior naval sci-
ence instructor. “Our senior class
leadership was exceptional, and
their legacy of commitment and
service will be remembered for
years to come.”
Among Nease’s noteworthy
achievements this year were more
than 5,200 hours of community
service and first-place finishes in
Mandarin Drill Meet, Terry Parker
Drill Meet, Area 12 Drill Meet
Championships, Middleburg Pen-
tathlon, Lithonia Ironman, Bart-
ram Raider Challenge, Lee Ulti-
mate Frisbee Championship and
Navarre Academic Postal. Inter-
nally, the unit sponsors its own
mentoring and tutoring program to
ensure the military and academic
development of all cadets in the
Boca Raton Unit
The Boca Raton, Fla., Community
High School Navy Junior ROTC
“Bobcats” unit was selected the U.S.
Navy’s Academic, Athletic and Drill
champions during a competition
held April 10-11 at the Naval Air
Station, Pensacola, making the cadets
the top NJROTC unit in the nation.
The unit also won the national
title in 2011 and has nine second-place finishes since 1997. More
than two-dozen NJROTC units
from around the country competed
in this year’s event.
Boca Raton garnered first place
overall by more than 130 points.
According to LCDR Ken Bingham,
senior naval science instructor at
Boca High, this score was more
than any school has ever achieved
in the competition.
“Pensacola was where I started
my career,” said Bingham, who
retired from the Navy in 1994 after a
career as an F- 14 Tomcat pilot and
instructor and then helping start the
NJROTC program at Boca High.
“And what a finish to my 42-year
career with Cadet CAPT Jake
Woods leading the cadets to a
Woods, commanding officer of
the regiment and a senior, finished
first in Individual Academics.
Helping the team achieve the overall
first place in academics were the executive officer, Cadet CAPT Jennifer
Menke, who placed in the top 10
along with three other cadets, and
two other cadets who placed 12th.
The athletics competition includes female and male sit-ups and
push-ups, and two running relay
events. Six categories comprise the
drill competition: personnel inspection, armed and unarmed exhibition
drill, armed and unarmed basic drill,
and color guard.
Finishing in second place at the
competition was the Troy High
School unit from Fullerton, Calif. Finishing third was the unit from Centennial High School from Las Vegas.
RADM Michael S. White, commander of Naval Education and
Training Command, presented participation certificates to all 25
schools and then presented overall
trophies to the top five units at an
awards ceremony at the National
Museum of Naval Aviation after the
competition was finished.
RADM Michael S. White, commander of Naval Education and Training
Command, presents Boca Raton,
Fla., High School NJROTC Cadet
CAPTs Jake Woods and Jennifer
Menke the top trophy for being
named the overall winners of the
2015 NJROTC Nationals Academic, Athletic and Drill Championship April 11 during an Awards
Night at the National Museum of
Naval Aviation at Naval Air Station
Nease High School NJROTC instructors and cadets gather with Navy League representatives after receiving the 2015 Most Outstanding Unit in the Nation award.
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