STEGER | For the second consecutive season, the drill team from Bloom Trail High School completed their best season ever.
Last year they finished fifth at the Area Three West Drill Meet. This year’s third-place finish proves the unit is on an upswing, said retired Cmdr. Timothy Crawford, senior naval science instructor at the Steger high school. Area Three includes every Navy Junior ROTC unit in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska totaling more than 60 units. The event is held at the same drill hall which is used for boot camp graduation at the Naval Station Great Lakes north of Chicago.
The meet not only tests the unit's ability to march but also an academic exam, fitness competition and personnel inspection are scored as well. The team placed second in the unarmed regulation and third in the armed regulation competition which is the competition where all units perform the same routine. In the exhibition routines where the units design their own drill sequence the unit placed fourth in both armed and unarmed. The physical fitness team also placed fourth in their event while the color guard finished fifth. This meet ends a long season for the Blazers which began last November at the Zion Benton Invitational.
The unit thanks the local community for their continued support, Crawford said.
Celebrating their third-place finish at the Area Three West Drill Meet are students from the Bloom Trail High School Naval Junior ROTC unit. More than 60 JROTC units from Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska competed in the event. Pictured in the first row, from left, are Josh Witt, Armando Cazares, Eduardo Nunez, DajaNay Brown, Cortez Sahara, Josh Lewis and Brandon Bazile. In the second row are Will Joyce, Melissa Churchill, Denise Zavala, Jessica Fleckinger, Gabriella Chavez, Jordan Charles and Nichole Riley. In the third row are Kadejiah Neals, Kasey Culbreath, Lenoid Vityuk, Skye McNutt, Sean Brooks, Brittney Schumacher and Chief Lamacki. In the fourth row are Cmdr. Timothy Crawford, Kadajiah Neals, Erick Jorgenson, Jesus Franco, Jorge Serrano, Isaiah Quinn and Brandon Carson.