The Soddy Daisy High School (SDHS) Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) drill team took second place overall at the drill competition on Saturday, Jan. 26, at Sale Creek High School (SCMH). A total of 32 cadets participated in the competition, commanded by Cadet Commander Hailey Smith and Cadet Sergeant Major Tinco Gonzalez.
Soddy Daisy competed against several other drill teams from across the region, ultimately winning second place overall at the Sale Creek Invitational.
Also, the team won first place in color guard posting and academic testing. The team also won two third-place trophies in exhibition drill and platoon drill. The team continued its success by winning third place in platoon exhibition, which is rifle precision movement. JROTC students Gabriel Armstrong, Isaiah Marshall, Destiny Armstrong, and Eric Count were cadets who won in the competition. First Sergeant Tim Hodges said, “It was a great day for Soddy Daisy JROTC.”
The cadets extensively prepare for the competitions and train two hours a day in a variety of drill marching maneuvers. The JROTC program is a federal program which is sponsored by the US Armed forces. It aims to develop leadership, self-reliance, and respect in students while improving student communication skills.