Colts Neck HS To Host Navy NJROTC Area 4 Drill Team Championships May 15
The Colts Neck High School NJROTC Unit has scheduled a weekend of events on May 14 and 15 to celebrate the first year of Colts Neck hosting Area 4 JROTC Championships. The honor of hosting this event is but the latest in a series of advancements for the NJROTC students that have propelled the program into new levels of success.
On Friday, May 14, Rhode Island Sound, a high-energy group of professional U.S. Navy musicians that performs a wide variety of music, will perform at Colts Neck High school in the auditorium beginning at 7 p.m. The band appears compliments of Navy Recruiting District New York, and its performance is free - the evening is first come, first serve until the auditorium is full.
On Saturday, May 15, 12 NJROTC Units will travel to Colts Neck High School to compete in the 2010 Area 4 Academic, Athletic & Drill Championship. Competitive events begin at 7 a.m. and will continue throughout the day to 6 p.m. Sailors from the Naval Weapons Station Earle and Navy Recruiting District New York will be serving as judges.
Admission is free to this event and refreshments will be available.
Colts Neck’s NJROTC Drill Team began its rise to national prominence last year in Seaford, Delaware, where it won the NJROTC Area 4 Academic, Athletic & Drill Championship. This victory allowed the unit to compete for the first time ever in the navy National Academic, Athletic & Drill Championships in Pensacola, Florida on April 9 and 10 of this year. The team finished 19th in the nation at this prestigious event.
And just recently, the Colts Neck team returned to Florida to compete in the National High School Drill Team Championship, where it finished 2nd of 35 teams in the Unarmed Division and 3rd of 37 in the Armed Division.
“Side effects of this activity have been wonderful,” said Maj. Gregory Penczak, supervisor of the Colts Neck High School Naval JROTC. “Many people throughout the country now recognize Colts Neck High School as a school of excellence. All of our hard work has brought our unit recognition as a Distinguished Unit with Honors for the second year in a row. This identifies us as one of the top 10 NJROTC Units in our area and one of the top 20 percent of all NJROTC units nationwide.”