Pisgah's JROTC makes history, advances to nationals

Mar 08, 2017
Photo by: Donated In the bottom row, from left, are Jonas Sheehan, Andrew Grey, Megan Blevins, Shayla Coughlin, Lexi Gross, Dwayne Davis, Erika Jimison and Faythe Hatherlee; top row, from left, Jenna Clark, Sierria Kellett Zion Lusky, TJ Perez, Taylor Rhyne, Robert Elovecky, Baylee Bryant, Carson Frizzell, Alex Elovecky, James Hutchison, Alex Perez, Charlie Morgan, Cassidy Stepp, Jacob Johnson, Daniel Mashburn, Camden Moore, Nathan Rogers, Hannah Stamey, Jared Medford and Nick Minervini. Not pictured are Taylor Hardin and Katelyn Tagg.

CHAPIN, South Carolina — Pisgah High School’s JROTC team has made history by qualifying for the 2017 NJROTC National Academic, Athletic and Drill Championship, which will be held April 7-8 in Pensacola, Florida.

The team competed recently at the Dual-State Academic, Athletic and Drill Championship held in Chapin, South Carolina. To get there, Pisgah JROTC competed in three of the seven qualifying meets throughout North and South Carolina, — which makes up Region Six — this school year, and placed second in each of those three meets.

Of the 62 Navy JROTC units in Area Six, Pisgah made it to the elite eight and competed at Chapin, South Carolina, to advance for the Navy Nationals. It is a two-day competition where approximately 22 schools from all over the nation compete to see who is the best in drill, academics and athletics.

Pisgah is one of the smallest of the competing schools, but the team made a name for itself by advancing to the Navy Nationals for the first time in the school’s history.

Pisgah is the current Navy JROTC North Carolina state champions. Before now, Pisgah’s NJROTC unit has never placed higher than fifth in the area championships. This year, Pisgah placed second overall.

The JROTC at Pisgah was established in 1970. It is led by Cmdr. Michael Weaver, senior naval science instructor, and Chief Tom Long, naval science instructor.