Two Ozark JROTC Drill Teams Win National Titles

Two Ozark High School JROTC Teams have come home from a three-day national competition as the best teams in the nation.

The Ozark Mountainettes Unarmed Team and the Ozark Mountain Guard Armed Team both were named the Overall National Champions at the Army Service Nationals and All-Service Nationals held April 29 through May 1.

“As we began our year we knew we had to work unbelievably hard to make every moment count,” drill team instructor Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jason Allen said in a statement. “I put a challenge to both my Armed and Unarmed teams to show up everyday, budget time for personal growth and excellence every morning, and we will achieve success. As the year progressed, I started to see something incredibly special within both teams. Their commitment to excellence, growth, accountability and each other was infectious.”

In addition to the team titles, the top three Army unarmed cadets came from the Ozark Mountainettes. Cadet Madisyn Miller was the top Individual Unarmed Drill Cadet. Sarah Cazier was second, and Kaylin Spradling came in third.

The teams placed:

Unarmed Team the Ozark Mountainettes

  • Unarmed Exhibition Dual Cadets Peyton Wofford and Halle Thompson – Third
  • Unarmed Exhibition Dual Cadets Mackenzie Wofford and Summer Williams – First Army; First All- Service 
  • Unarmed Inspection – Third Army; Second All-Service  
  • Unarmed Regulation Commander’s Trophy to Cadet Mackenzie Wofford – First All-Service
  • Unarmed Regulation – Third Army; First All-Service
  • Unarmed Color Guard – Third All-Service
  • Unarmed Exhibition – First Army; First All-Service
  • Overall Unarmed National Champions – First All-Service; Third Army

Armed Team the Ozark Mountain Guard

  • Armed Exhibition Solo Cadet Tyler Merchant – Second Army; Fifth All-Service
  • Armed Exhibition Dual Cadets Tyler Merchant and Jonathan Mcgee – First All-Service; Second Army
  • Armed Inspection – Fourth Army; Fourth All-Service
  • Armed Regulation Commander’s Trophy Cadet Jacob Priest – First All-Service
  • Armed Regulation – First All-Service
  • Armed Color Guard – First All-Service
  • Armed Exhibition – Second Army; Second All-Service
  • Overall Armed National Champions – First All-Service; Army Runner Up

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