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An Army Junior ROTC Color Guard posts the colors.

An Army Junior ROTC Color Guard from 7th Brigade posts the colors at the unit (by Steve Arel)

by Steve Arel
U.S. Army Cadet Command Public Affairs

RADCLIFF, Ky. — Northeast High School began scaling the Drill competition ladder two years ago. The team took third in 2007, followed by second in 2008. The school reached the top rung earlier this month when it won the third annual 7th Brigade Drill, Air Rifle & Raider Championships.

Competing in seven categories, Northeast, a Tennessee high school, finished no worse than sixth in any event en route to capturing the overall crown. Springfield High School in Ohio took second, while last year’s champ, Montgomery Central, fell to fourth.

What catapulted Northeast was its increased determination to not only perform weel, but to win, said retired Command Sgt. Major Dennis Flooden, the team’s coach.

“They have a never-die attitude,” he said. “They’re determined to be the best.”

This year’s meet, held March 14-15 in Radcliff, Ky., expanded last year’s event by adding a Raider competition that pitted schools in a variety of contests, including the litter carry, obstacle course and physical fitness test. The goal of adding the event, organizers said, was to give all Cadets an opportunity to engage in competition they would otherwise miss due to the high cost of travel to other events throughout the year.

Organizers said they were pleased with the event, despite a persistent rain the first day that required them to reconfigure the Raider competition, scrapping some events and modifying others. Despite that “it went off pretty much without a glitch,” said Lee Redmon, 7th Brigade’s meet coordinator. Organizers plan to spend parts of the coming weeks working on ways to improve the meet, weighing what worked and what didn’t.

A total of 41 schools participated in the championships, down one from a year ago. Redmon anticipates more schools taking part next year. The brigade added Michigan and Indiana to its footprint shortly before the championship, so many schools didn’t have enough time to plan and venture to Kentucky.
Northeast H.S. will compete in the National Drill Team Championships in May at Daytona Beach, Fla. The school last won a title in 1997.

Flooden said this year’s team is putting together one of its better performance seasons in years. And the brigade win will only drive the Cadets more.

“It’s going to pump them up,” Flooden said. “They’re ready. We’ve got 45 days.”

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Written by CadetCommandPAO

April 3, 2009 at 5:20 pm

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