By Lori Lyn Lirio
THE schools from the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands Public School System won and took home the championship and sweepstakes trophies in last month’s Golden Bear National Drill Meet in Torrance, California, it was learned yesterday.
The CNMI team, which is comprised by Junior Reserved Officers Training Corps (JROTC) battalions from Saipan Southern High School, Kagman High School and Tinian High School, is among the more than 60 teams from different schools in the United States mainland, Guam and Hawaii that participated in this year’s biggest JROTC competition.
Kagman High School competed in the novice category; Saipan Southern High School in varsity armed; and Tinian High School for varsity unarmed.
Kagman High School won third place in the novice color guard, first place in Unarmed novice exhibition; first Outstanding novice commander; first place in Unarmed novice regulation and first place in Overall unarmed novice.
Saipan Southern High was second place in Armed varsity color guard; second place in Armed regulation; fourth place in Solo exhibition; 5th in outstanding commander armed.
Tinian High School was third place in Unarmed color guard; first place in Unarmed regulation; third place in 4-person unarmed exhibition; first place in Outstanding unarmed commander.
The combinations of various victories in both armed and unarmed categories gave the CNMI PSS multi school unit the top win and the overall unarmed sweepstakes trophy.
Associate Commissioner Yvonne R. Pangelinan, who went to Torrance with the PSS MSU team, said the cadets were phenomenal.
“I am so proud of our amazing men and women on the JROTC.”
“There was such a sense of validation for all the hours of dedicated practice they put in. So much is owed to their outstanding army instructors for instilling such commitment and focus in the cadets. They truly represented the CNMI with the utmost integrity. It was a beautiful sight to wave our flag and receive trophies that symbolize not only success but discipline and character,” Pangelinan said in a statement.
In 2017, the CNMI Drill Team – combined cadets from SSHS and Rota High School – won an All Army Championship for Traveling Trophy. SSHS cadet Matthew Kapileo was first place in both Armed Tapout and Outstanding Commander. SSHS also won first place in Regulation Armed Varsity.