Wolfpack’s JROTC Battalion Keeps Busy This Month With Awards, Accolades & More

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The Battalion decorated a classroom in the theme of Moana and hosted a game in the courtyard and handed out candy to local children for Newsome’s Trick Or Treat Street.

Newsome Cadets Mallory Hirn, Kristina Flynn, Joseph Ahrens and Lauren Lewis were recognized at the YLC (Youth Leadership Conference) luncheon. Not pictured cadets Emma Custis, Alex Bugielski, and Dylan Renfro

By S5 section: Isabelle Guevara and Mckenzee Thorton

October has a very eventful month while the Newsome Wolfpack Battalion participated in a myriad of events and accomplished many things. The battalion celebrated its 13th Birthday this year and the Battalion enjoyed festivities including cookies, cake, punch, and the traditional reading of the meaning of the Hillsborough County Unit Crest.

This month the JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps) special teams have competed in several competitions: The Raider Team competed at USF last month placing 2nd overall; in November they competed at Anclote with both the Mixed and Male teams placing 1st overall; and later competed at Zephyrhills where the Mixed team placed 2nd and the Male team placed 1st. The Rifle Team placed first at Plant City, maintaining their six-year undefeated streak at the County level. The Cyber Patriot team, JLAB (JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl), Color Guard, and Drill teams are all practicing hard and preparing for their respective competitions.

Along with County and District wide competitions there were a few wins within the Wolfpack Battalion this month. Cadet PV2 Braden Desouza came in first place at the October Cadet of the Month board, and Cadet SFC Zachary Dench came in First in October’s NCO (noncommissioned officer) of the Month board. In addition to these achievements, cadet 1LT Raquel Janes has been accepted to VMI with a full tuition athletic scholarship.

Cadet Custis and Lewis received the MOWW (Military Order of World Wars) Patrick Henry Patriotism medal for being selected by their peers as the top individual in their respective groups.

The three-day camp took place in Tallahassee, and it consisted of various character building activities which challenged and instilled leadership and teamwork skills.