VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rosemary Gladden
Date: 04/20/16 Phone: 757.263.1129
News Release No. 065 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: rosemary.gladden@vbschools.com

Green Run places second at Navy Junior ROTC Nationals

Students bring home individual honors

Competing against the nation's top Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) programs, Green Run's Navy Junior ROTC program earned second place in the entire country at the 2016 Navy Junior ROTC Nationals Academic, Athletic and Drill Championship held April 1-2 in Pensacola, Florida. Green Run's Navy Junior ROTC is comprised of students from Green Run High School and Green Run Collegiate.

The two-day annual competition tests teams in academic, athletic and drill challenges. Points are awarded for each competition and awards are presented to the top-scoring schools. Green Run returned with eight team trophies including first place in Unarmed Exhibition Drill and Uniform Personnel Inspection; second place in Overall Athletics; third place in Team Academics, Armed Basic Drill and Team Pushups; and fourth place in Team Curl-ups. The final trophy was for finishing second overall in the national competition.

Individual cadets also returned with honors. Eric Alexander, Green Run High School junior, earned first place in academics, which tests students on their knowledge of maritime history, leadership, nautical science, naval knowledge, naval skills, ships, ranks, current events and protocols. Teammate Dylan Hausmann, Green Run High School junior, completed 163 pushups to earn first place in that category.

"We are proud of the young men and women on the Green Run campus not just for their success at the national competition, but also their hard work and dedicated service to Navy Junior ROTC," said Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Superintendent Aaron Spence. "This is a great program that instills in our students the desire to be the best they can be as individuals and as a unit. We are fortunate to have quality instructors like retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Curtis Brown and 1st Sgt. Felix Robles who dedicate themselves in passing on this great tradition. These kids represent the very best of that tradition."

Only the top 24 of the more than 570 Navy Junior ROTC programs across the country were invited to compete in the national competition. Green Run earned the right to compete at the Navy Nationals by winning the Area Five Navy Junior ROTC Championship held in December, which included schools from Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

The mission of the Navy Junior ROTC program is to instill in students the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility and sense of accomplishment. VBCPS has Navy Junior ROTC programs and offers naval science as an elective course at First Colonial, Green Run, Landstown, Princess Anne and Salem high schools. The VBCPS Navy Junior ROTC program is administered by the Naval Service Training Command located at Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida and locally supervised by the NJROTC Area Five Manager located at Norfolk Naval Base, Virginia.

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