The Spring Valley High School JROTC Drill Team members are the first West Virginia State Drill Champions. They won the state Drill competition at Lincoln County High School on Saturday, January 16th. First place honors included Advanced Color Guard, first year cadet Color Guard, Armed Platoon Exhibition, Unarmed Platoon Exhibition, Armed Regulation Platoon, and Unarmed Regulation Platoon Drill. The team also earned third place in Armed Regulation Squad Drill and Armed Platoon Inspection. Individual honors go to Emily O’Neal, 1st place Armed Knockout; Brettina Jeffers, 6th place Unarmed Knockout, and Tyler Lyons, 9th place Armed Knockout.
Drill competitions consist of military regulation close order marching of squad and platoon formations, marching with the National Colors, inspection of formations, as well as non-regulation exhibition routines with and without rifles. Armed exhibition routines are similar to Army and Marine Corps silent drill teams where units march and spin rifles in unison.
This year is the first time that the West Virginia Department of Education has sanctioned JROTC Drill, Raider, and Rifle competitions as state championships. The state Raider competition will be at Spring Valley High School on March 19th. The state Rifle competition will be February 20th at Robert C. Byrd High School in Clarksburg