A Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) team from Mansfield ISD qualified to compete with some of the best cadets in the country.
Mansfield High School placed in the top 10 in the unarmed division at the annual 5th Brigade JROTC Drill Team Championships.
The competition, which was held in San Antonio, featured several competing high schools from eight states. Trophies were earned for different categories such as inspection, regulation and exhibition.
The Mansfield High School cadets will advance to the 2020 U.S. Army Cadet Command JROTC National Drill Championships on March 21 in Richmond, Virginia. Winners of the Army Nationals have the chance to go on to compete in the Grand Nationals in Daytona Beach, Florida in May.
Congratulations to the following students for making it to nationals:
- Cadet Maj. Thomas Gordon
- Cadet 1st Lt. Zachary Braley
- Cadet 2nd Lt. Asher Wells
- Cadet Command Sgt. Maj. Anyssa Pedraza
- Cadet Sgt. Maj. Daniel Gauthier
- Cadet Master Sgt. Niyah Norman
- Cadet Staff Sgt. Cameron Hoston
- Cadet Sgt. Adrian Flores
- Cadet Sgt. Natalia Larroza
- Cadet Sgt. Amanda Vidal
- Cadet Cpl. Emma Murphy
- Cadet Cpl. Travian Staten
- Cadet Rodrigo Suarez
The Mansfield High School JROTC team is coached by Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Kinnel. Lt. Col. Patrick Easley is the senior army instructor in charge of the program.
JROTC is a program sponsored by the United States Armed Forces that is available to high school and some middle school students. Each U.S. military service has JROTC programs to instill the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment.