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Junior ROTC group competing well
Courtland High School's Triple Threat drill team wins award in recent competitions

 The Triple Threat Drill team has been successful this year in competitions with teams from several states.
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Date published: 12/5/2011

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Courtland High School's Triple Threat Drill team has been picking up awards at competitions with teams from several states.

The Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps, or JROTC, program is at the Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center. The drill team takes in students from Courtland, Chancellor and Riverbend high schools.

On Nov. 19, the team competed in the annual Thanksgiving Drill Competition at Fort Lee. There were 30 schools attending from Virginia, Washington, Maryland and North Carolina.

The Triple Threat team worked hard with only one week to prepare, said Master Sgt. Mose Mallard, the group's instructor. The team won:

Third-place inspection, led by Richard Cedres of Courtland High School

Second-place armed regulation platoon, led by Rey Rivera of Chancellor High School.

The week before, the team competed at the annual T.C. Williams High School drill competition in Alexandria, which featured 17 JROTC programs and events ranging from a regulation unarmed routine for individuals to an armed platoon exhibition.

At that event, the team won:

Second-place color guard, led by Cedres

Second-place unarmed individual, led by Rivera

Second-place regulation unarmed squad, led by Anthony Lopez of Chancellor

Third-place overall for the Army Best of the Best Award. With this placement, the Triple Threat team qualified to compete in Army Best of the Best next May 5 in Daytona.

The drill team gets a break over the holidays, then resumes competition Jan. 14 at the 22nd annual Martin Luther King drill meet in Richmond.