The Cocke County NJROTC competitions teams posing with their trophies
earned at the Eastern Tennessee District Qualifying Drill Meet.
|Published: 6:41 PM, 02/08/2013
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
The Cocke County NJROTC competitive teams are preparing
to compete against the best Navy teams from the 10 state area in which their
“We earned a berth in this 10 state championship because
of our First Place finish at the Eastern Tennessee Drill Meet Qualifier held in
December,” said Eric Abrams, the unit’s Commanding Officer. “We have been
practicing for this competition since the first day of this school year and we
refuse to let all that hard work go to waste. We intend to win this competition
and go to the National Championship in April.”
Unlike the other high school extra curricular teams, the
Navy JROTC teams compete almost year-round. This extended competitive ‘season’
is required due to the scope of competition. There are 620 Navy JROTC units in the
world (some of them are overseas) and these competitions are needed to pare the
620 contenders down to 24 contenders for the National Championship, held yearly
in Pensacola, Fla. Another difference between JROTC and high school sports is
the difference in distances travelled between events. In previous years, Cocke
County has traveled to Nashville; Memphis; Springfield, Mo.; and also Kansas
City, Kan. to reach the National Championship level.
For more details, please see the weekend edition of the
Newport Plain Talk.
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