Drill team does well in competition


By Dean Palmer - Special to the News



Members of East Surry’s Upper Classmen and Lower Classmen drill teams gather for a group photo after the Elkin meet. Pictured are, from left, top to bottom, row one: Landon Smith, Mason Gibson, Aaron Coleman, Mason Litteral, Keith Myers: row two - Xatziri Chavez, Nicholas Montgomery, Breanna Phillips, Joshua Pack, Zoe Ladd, Joseph Becker, Kayla Marquis, Grayce Montgomery; row three - Erik Barron, Cassandra Marquis and Steven Williams.


The East Surry High School JROTC Drill Team was up early on Saturday morning, Oct. 7, as they traveled to Elkin High School for this semester’s drill competition.

A typical drill meet is divided into two classifications — lower classmen and upper classmen. Lower classmen consist of freshman and sophomores while the upper classmen are juniors and seniors. Cadets are graded on military bearing, uniform appearance and execution of commands.

This semester’s drill team captain was Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Cassandra Marquis.

In talking about her expectations for the meet, Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Marquis said “I expect that the hard work and dedication our drill team put into practice these past few weeks will pay off. These cadets have worked extremely hard and I hope they will be rewarded today.”

East Surry’s lower classmen won best overall in their division. Team members came in first with Color Guard being called by Aaron Coleman; was the first place squad with arms called by Steven Williams; and second place squad without arms, also called by Steven Williams. Individual Drill was performed by Nicholas Montgomery, and Duet Drill by Joshua Pack and Mason Gibson.

Cardinal upper classmen won second place overall in their division. The team placed third in regulation Color Guard called by Aaron Coleman; second in squad without arms called by Xatziri Chavez; first in squad with arms called by Joseph Becker; and placed in Platoon with arms and without called by Erik Barron. Individual Drill was performed by Xatziri Chavez while Duet Drill was performed by Erik Barron and Joseph Becker.

Information from the Elkin meet was provided by JROTC Public Affairs Officer Cadet Captain Xatziri Chavez.

The drill meet opens a busy month for the East Surry JROTC program. On Friday night, the school will host a Military Appreciation and JROTC Recognition night as part of the home football game against the South Stokes Sauras. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and all veterans are encouraged to attend.

The East Surry JROTC Raider teams will host the annual Raider Challenge at the school on Nov. 4. Top teams from across the region will join together for a day of competition.

Members of East Surry’s Upper Classmen and Lower Classmen drill teams gather for a group photo after the Elkin meet. Pictured are, from left, top to bottom, row one: Landon Smith, Mason Gibson, Aaron Coleman, Mason Litteral, Keith Myers: row two – Xatziri Chavez, Nicholas Montgomery, Breanna Phillips, Joshua Pack, Zoe Ladd, Joseph Becker, Kayla Marquis, Grayce Montgomery; row three – Erik Barron, Cassandra Marquis and Steven Williams.
https://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_ESHS-drill-team-17REAL-pic.jpgMembers of East Surry’s Upper Classmen and Lower Classmen drill teams gather for a group photo after the Elkin meet. Pictured are, from left, top to bottom, row one: Landon Smith, Mason Gibson, Aaron Coleman, Mason Litteral, Keith Myers: row two – Xatziri Chavez, Nicholas Montgomery, Breanna Phillips, Joshua Pack, Zoe Ladd, Joseph Becker, Kayla Marquis, Grayce Montgomery; row three – Erik Barron, Cassandra Marquis and Steven Williams.

By Dean Palmer

Special to the News

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