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Published on February 26, 2024
Oregon City High School JROTC Team to Compete in Prestigious Army Drill Nationals in DaytonaSource: Facebook/Oregon City High School JROTC

For an Oregon City high school, it's time to shine on the national stage. The Oregon City High School Army Junior ROTC battalion's unarmed drill team has punched their ticket to the big leagues — the Army Junior ROTC Nationals Drill Competition set for Daytona, Florida this May. According to an announcement of Oregon City High School, this is a historic moment for the school's 26-year-old JROTC program as they display their exceptional talents for the first time at this level.

Out of more than 1,700 JROTC units nationwide, these kids are now among the elite 2.5% vying for top military honors in precision and discipline — not too shabby, huh? Their impressive advancement has turned heads across their brigade, which spans the entire West Coast and Pacific Theater, as one of only four teams selected to compete in Florida. An achievement that was reported by KOIN, also notes their standout status as the sole guests of honor from the Pacific Northwest competing in the finals.

But before these cadets hit the Florida sunshine, they'll be dropping by Denver to compete in the Rocky Mountain Regionals later in April. While Uncle Sam is footing the bill for their trip to the nationals, the team is still rallying community support to fund their journey to regionals. Oregon City High School JROTC's webpage is open for business, inviting generous contributors to direct their donations for "the Denver and Nationals trips," ensuring each dollar makes its mark.

With patriotic generosity already in full swing, supporters are urged to get in on the action and be a part of Oregon City High School's historic run. All those interested in helping can make their contributions online by visiting the school's JROTC webpage. Each donation, falling under the category of civic duty, provides these dedicated cadets with a fighting chance to bring home national honors to the Beaver State.