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Stephanie Raper
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               GHS NNDCC Competitions

The Grenada High School NNDCC (Navy National Defense Cadet Corps) showed its strength recently as cadets brought home several awards from state-wide competitions. The cadets train hard each day both during and after school in order to perform at their best during physical training meets. Under the leadership of Chief Reese Foreman, the GHS chapter has done extremely well this year in competition.

On April 11, 2015, the GHS cadets traveled to Oxford to compete at the Lafayette Invitational Drill Meet and North Mississippi Regional JROTC Athletic Competition. Other teams participating in the event included Lafayette, Greenwood, Rosa Fort, South Panola, New Albany, Horn Lake, Lake Cormorant, and Oxford.

Since this was the first Air Force Meet for the GHS Cadets, they had to learn Air Force drill cards in order to participate. While competing, cadets perform physical training moves specific to the branch of armed forces sponsoring the meet. The drill cards list 20- 60 individual moves and the branch-specific names for each. The GHS cadets’ previous meets have all used Navy drill cards.

During the Lafayette Invitational, the GHS team won three trophies and two medals. Cadets Hansen Bennett and Johnathan Lee placed third in Two-Man Tandem, the highest placing ever for a GHS team in this category, while the Unarmed Exhibition team won second place. This is the first time since the program began in 1993 that GHS cadets have ever won a trophy in these categories. GHS cadets also brought home a third place trophy in Personnel Inspection, a category they have not placed in since 1997. The Armed Exhibition team also scored a third place finish in the competition.

After the Lafayette Invitational, ten cadets competed in the North Mississippi Regional JROTC Athletic Competition. Events were Crab Crawl, Ammo-Can Carry (ammo can filled with sand), Curl-Up (sit-ups), Shuttle Run, One Mile Run, and Pull-Ups for males and Flex-Arm Hang for females. The competition was fierce, but GHS cadets managed to qualify for state finals which were held April 18. While the cadets did not place in the top three, they did bring home placings in fourth through sixteenth place in multiple events out of approximately 90 JROTC schools. The cadets are proud of their accomplishments for the year and have already begun training for next year’s slate of competition!

Cadet teams representing GHS included:
• UNARMED EXHIBITION TEAM - Ashley Bacon, Angelique Brown, Asiah Myers, Nyesha Harvey, Quanisha Travis, Janisha Holloway, Araya Williams, Glenneisa Frost, Renisha Ratliff
• COLOR GUARD - James McCarroll, Lajarvas Simpson, Ashley Bacon, Olivia Coleman
• ATHLETIC TEAM - Alteesha Thompson, Catarrus Black, Anfernee Clemons, Johnathan Lee, Darian Johnson, Kenneth (Kenny)Travis, Keino Bounds, Zavion Daniel, Lakesha Harbin, Jamilha Govan, Ariona Yates
• ARMED EXHIBITION - Hansen Bennett, Jeremiah Corey, Devin Wiggins, Dallin Foreman, Hunter Provine, Ethan Ratliff, Chance Wortham, Johnathan Lee
• TWO-MAN TANDEM - Hansen Bennett and Johnathan Lee

Congratulations to all of these cadets for the hard work and dedication they have shown this year. Your hard work has paid off and you brought home the proof of your efforts! Keep up the good work!