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Whitney shines at Air Force Junior ROTC drill meet

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Whitney High School's Air Force Junior ROTC drill team overwhelmed the competition at the 24th annual Titan Drill Meet held Nov. 3 at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento.

Competing against 13 other Junior ROTC programs from throughout the state, the elite team brought home five first-place trophies, two third-place trophies and captured Sweepstakes, i.e. first place overall in the competition. Whitney clearly established themselves last year as the team to beat by winning both drill meets. The team is attempting to repeat again in taking the championship for the two meets and is now halfway there.

Led by Cadet Captains Alise Askew and Marisa Gutierrez, the Unarmed Drill Team won three first-place trophies (the first time that has ever happened at the drill meet). Under Askew's command, the Unarmed Team took first place in Unarmed Inspection and Unarmed Regulation Drill. Under Gutierrez' leadership, the team took first place in Unarmed Exhibition. Team members included Askew and Gutierrez along with Kennedi Rasmussen, Tyler Monson, Adam Rimer, Adriana Bernal, Kaylee Wahler, Brandon Raynes, Joseph Gulley, Nathaniel Cinnamon and Matthew Migasi

The Armed Drill Team also took home three trophies. With Cadet Colonel Molly Miles at the helm, the Armed Team took first place in Armed Exhibition and third place in Armed Inspection. With Cadet Captain Alex Castueras in command, the Armed Team took third place in Armed Exhibition. Team members included Miles, Castueras, Andrew Huie, Luke Anaya, Garrett Butts, Jesse Archuleta, Austin Ferrari, Andrew Jimenez, Clayton Larick, Eric Leverenz, Shania Morrill, Nicholas Pulido and Luke Templin.

Lastly, Cadet Lt Colonel Andrew Huie outperformed more than 250 cadets to win first place in the Individual Drill Down competition. This is the second time in three years that Huie has won the event.

While the team is immensely pleased with its performance at the Titan Drill Meet, they are already preparing to defend their title at the NORCAL Drill Meet in April and win Sweepstakes back to back in the two major California competitions.

The AFJROTC program is instructed by Colonel Michael Fernandez, USAF (ret.) and Senior MSGT Terry Barber, USAF (ret.)