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Parkwood/Cuthbertson JROTC Wins Big at Drill Meet

JROTC On Saturday, November 9th, Parkwood/Cuthbertson, Monroe/CATA, and Piedmont/Porter Ridge AFJROTC units competed in the annual Union County AFJROTC Drill Meet. Parkwood/Cuthbertson crushed its opponents by sweeping all five of five events and winning first place overall.  Weeks of after-school practice since August paid off! After marching in the morning cold, winning first place was a real treat to everyone on the Parkwood/Cuthbertson team. Everyone worked really hard, performed beautifully at the competition, and deserved the win.

Later that morning cadets participated in, and observed a special Veterans Day program planned by the Union County Veterans Services Office at the Charlotte Monroe Executive Airport.  Cadets Bailey Belk, Jasemine Donaldson, Tyler O’Donnell bore the flags of military services in the opening ceremony, and all cadets listened to local dignitaries and veteran guest speakers.  At the end, a top cadet from each of the six Union County JROTC units received the Union County Board of Commissioners’ Patriot Award. Our unit’s recipient this year was Avery Batts! avery batts

The grand finale for the day was the Warbirds over Monroe Air Show, which lasted all afternoon.  Cadets received free admission. The day was bright and sunny, and they enjoyed the aerial show of historic fighters, bombers, and transports, and the acrobatic stunts of modern planes.  Cadets received a cash allowance for lunch/snacks, which they purchased from food vendors (examples: funnel cakes, burgers, fries, BBQ, pizza, and ice cream). The air show concluded with a giant “wall of fire” under passing warbirds, which simulated bombs but was actually pyrotechnic devices safely rigged across the runway from spectators.  You could feel the heat from hundreds of yards away!

The field trip lasted nine hours and was an amazing day of drill competition, honoring our veterans, and fun!

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Written by: Gillian Gay