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ROTC Places First at Warriors and Warbirds Drill Competition

Pictured is Patriot Award winner Alexis Arellano on the platform at Warriors and Warbirds.

On Saturday, November 6, 2010, the Piedmont Air Force JROTC Drill Teams did it again, taking First Place in the Warriors and Warbirds Drill Competition. The Teams consisted of members from both Piedmont and Porter Ridge classes, giving outstanding performances in Armed and Un-Armed Fancy and Regulation events in the Individual, Element, and Flight categories. Once again, NC-955 showed them that they are “simply the best.”

Additionally, the Patriot Award was presented to Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Laura Tadeo and Cadet 1st Lieutenant Alexis Arellano. The award is presented for patriotism, leadership, community service, and academic excellence.  When asked what it meant to receive the Patriot Award, Cadet 1st Lieutenant Arellano replied, “Words really can’t describe what it means to me. This award represents all the outstanding qualities a model citizen should have and, to me, that meant that I was something of a role model for other teens my age. I’ve never been recognized for much and when I stepped onto the stage in front of all the veterans, it was surreal.”   Congratulations to our Top Cadets!
The event also honored veterans and their contributions to our country. During the opening ceremonies, Mayor Bobby G. Kilgore and Brigadier General Wilfong recognized and honored the many veterans in attendance and reminded everyone of the significance of Veterans Day. They encouraged veterans to tell their stories and also reminded us to thank the many veterans who sacrificed so much for our freedom.

Written by: ROTC Instructor Sgt. Heinz Schweinsberger
Posted: Nov 09, 2010 by Donna Helms

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