The Jefferson High School Dragon Drill team brought home multiple trophies from the Southeast Regional Drill Meet in Tifton after competing against teams from Florida and Georgia Saturday.
Included in their winnings, the JHS AFJROTC won six of eight categories and earned four Outstanding Commander trophies. In order to do so, “The cadets had to maintain their snap and precision the entire day,” Jefferson High School’s Chief Budell Willis said.
The Dragons competed in the Armed and Unarmed divisions where they won three of the four categories and were awarded the Division Championship. The team placed in Exhibition, Regulation, Inspection and Color Guard.
In the Unarmed Exhibition Drill, JHS student, Hannah Pruitt, led her team to a 1st place finish and captured the
Top Commander trophy in the category. In Regulation Drill and Inspection, Jillian Monjure led her team to 1st place in both categories and received the Top Commander honor for her performance in Regulation. The Unarmed Color Guard team, led by Clara Stump, placed 3rd out of 17 teams.
Mirroring their Unarmed Division wins, the Dragons also won three of four categories in the Armed Division and secured their title as Division Champions.
Brady Parham, JHS student and the Cadet Deputy Group Commander, led the Inspection and Regulation teams to 1st place and he was honored Top Commander in the Armed Regulation category. Landon Gilbert, who led his team to 1st place in Exhibition, also received the title as Top Commander. In the Armed Color Guard category, the Dragons took 5th place out of 17 teams.
“Practicing just as if it were a competition really helped our focus,” Parham said.
The Dragon Drill team, also named the 2018 Southeast Regional Drill Meet Champions, has ranked among the most elite teams for the past several years.