In April 18 IssueBy Derek AaronRussell County News Editor
Each year the Naval Service Training Command conducts their National Academic Exam for Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps around the country and this year Russell County High School’s three NJROTC academic teams finished 4th, 6th and 7th, respectively, in Area 9, which has a total of 100 teams from several states, according to Cpt. Bob King, the NJROTC’s senior naval science instructor.
That puts the three team’s national rankings at 28, 70, and 72, respectively, out of more than 1,550 teams, he said.
King said as instructor he downloaded the exams from the Navy’s online portal and then printed them out to give to his cadets.
“We designate how many teams we want to participate each year and each one is a five-person team,”: he said.
The test, which consists of 100 multiple choice questions, was administered last month and the results were just received this week.
King said the exam encompassed Naval Science 1, 2 and 3 curriculum including the cadet field manual and current events.
“It is a pretty extensive test,” King said.
Cadets had 50 minutes to complete the exam, or about 30 seconds to answer each question.
Team 3, consisting of cadets Dakota Goodin, Tyler McLean, Amy Passmore, William Sullivan and Andrew Lindsey, attained 4th place in Area 9 while Team 1, consisting of cadets Philip Anderson, Lauren Brown, Jonathan Corbin, Lance Roberts and Courtney Owens, finished 6th and Team 2, consisting of cadets Keirstan Bronson, Joshua Smith, John Emerson, Joseph Meza and Joshua Miller, placed 7th in Area 9.
“Basically, we’re in the top 5 percent in our area with all three of our teams,” he said. “I’m extremely proud of them, it was a lot of hard work.”
King said his cadets began preparations for the exam and for the academic portion of drill competitions back in August of last year.
He said in both of the drill meets the NJROTC had competed in this school year they have taken first place at both events in the academic category.
“In the regional drill meet, the top five scorers were also from Russell County,” he said.
Operations Officer Lauren Brown, one of the academic team co-captains, said it felt good to do so well in the academic portion of the competitions even though the studying and work was grueling.
Supply Officer Tyler McLean, also one of the academic team’s co-captains, said that while the work became monotonous at times, the end result paid huge dividends not only personally, but as a group as well.
“We pushed through it and came out with a pretty good score,” McLean said.
King said the NJROTC’s academic curriculum covers the history of the NJROTC program, leadership training, health, proper uniform attire, first aid, military drill and survival, martine history and geography and all the earth and physical sciences, naval skills, ship construction, basic seamanship, career planning, among many other subjects.
Jonathan Corbin, company commander, said the most importation part was working together as a team.
“That’s one of our major goals to accomplish in ROTC is teamwork,” he said.
Executive Officer Dakota Goodin, who had one of top exam scores, said the exam and studying had helped in a real life situation recently when he came upon an accident on the roadway and immediately noticed that one involved in the wreck was going into shock.
He subsequently took appropriate health measures.
Keirstan Bronson, the public affair officers, said the friendly competition between the cadets helped to make everyone’s scores better.
“We challenge each other and we owe a lot of our success to that,” she said.