M-PHS NJROTC hosts competition
The Marysville NJROTC team held a meet at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Feb. 11, bringing competition and teamwork to the local school.
The Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps is a program meant to instill citizenship in students in a pseudo-military environment.
On Feb. 11 they held a meet with six other schools from the Puget Sound in competitions that involve physical fitness, drill teams and air rifle shooting.
The Marysville teams placed first in the unarmed drill team category and took home a number of other individual performance awards for their showing at the meet.
"All of our teams worked 100 percent, especially because we only had three days to practice," said Cadet Lieutenant Commander Micah Adriano.
Snow problems disrupted practice earlier in the week for the team.
"As team commanders we couldn't be more proud of our teams," said Adriano.
The competitive teams for the Marysville NJROTC have been having a good year so far, said Cadet Lieutenant Austin Buchanan.
"There's a lot more competition than in past years," he said, "but we've still been placing well."
"Usually it's only one or two schools, but many more schools are upping their game this year and it's good because it's friendly competition and all we want to do is get better," said Adriano.
The two cadets said that the Marysville teams are strong because of their camaraderie.
"We're down there clapping for every team, saluting every time they get awarded," said Buchanan.
"We are 'one team, one heart, one family,' that's what our saying is, even if we are divided into seven teams, we're still one team, one heart, one family," said Adriano.
Kathy Wilde, naval science instructor for the program, said that inviting six other schools, a total of about 300 people, to M-PHS is a lot of work, but the day went well.
"For me the success was watching us host, in addition to competing," she said. "Seeing the kids strive and succeed at that was probably the best part of today," she said.
"It went really well. For hosting it went really smoothly and we were on time the entire day," said Buchanan.
Wilde said that they enjoyed having other schools come into M-PHS for their competition.
"We loved having all the other teams come here. It really is like a meet atmosphere with a competitive atmosphere that comes about naturally and bleeds over from other sports," she said.
Cadet Buchanan said his favorite part of the competitions is getting to know other people.
"Once you get off the [inspection] deck and change out of your uniform, everyone's just walking around and getting along just fine," he said. "Everyone is everyone's friend."
Wilde also said the program focuses on skills that will help students in all settings.
"Did you show up on time? Are you part of the team? Did you pick up the slack? Did you do extra?" she said.
"They have a commitment to each other and if they continue with that, it makes them successful wherever they go," she said.