Spring Semester 2017
- Battalion Awards Ceremony, April 27th. The JROTC battalion conducted a formation and awards ceremony in the Spectator Gym on to recognize cadets who have excelled in academics, leadership, athletics, JROTC duties and activities, and community service during 2nd semester. Cadets were presented awards from both the JROTC program and several community organizations, including: AUSA, MOAA, VFW, Sons of the American Revolution, National Sojourners, Daughters of the American Revolution, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, and the Military Order of the World Wars. It was great to see a large number of family members, administrators, and other members of the community in the audience.
- JROTC Military Ball, April 7th. The 6th Annual CV JROTC Military Ball was a lot of fun for the 113 people who attended. This dinner and dance was held at the Letort View Community Center on Carlisle Barracks. Following a social hour, the formal part of the program started with the entry under the saber arch, the presentation of the colors, and a round of toasts. Attendees settled in to enjoy a delicious dinner which was topped off with a beautiful cake. The crowd was then treated to the inspiring words of COL Peter Crean, the Director of the Army Heritage and Education Center. Colonel Kardos recognized members of the senior class for their contributions to the program by presenting each of them with a JROTC coin. After the colors were retired, everyone joined the dance instructors on the ballroom floor and had a great time learning a variety of dances. Classy, elegant, and fun -- the CV JROTC Military Ball. We can't wait to do it all again next year!
- CV JROTC Raider Team Wins League Championship! On April 1st, the CV JROTC Raider Team won the League 3 Raider Championship for the sixth consecutive year. This physically and mentally demanding competition was held at Shippensburg University in a field of seven high schools from across south central Pennsylvania. The competition is composed of: the Army Physical Fitness Test (push-ups, sit-ups, 2-mile run), Land Navigation Course, the One-Rope Bridge Construction and Traverse, First Aid and Litter Carry, and a 3-kilometer Team Run. After months of intensive training, the CV cadets put on an impressive showing, including winning three of the five events and taking second in another. Also, Cadets Matt Smith and Quichen Liu were presented the Ironman and Ironwoman awards for earning the highest Physical Fitness Test score among all male and female competitors respectively. While only our A Team (one team per school) is allowed to compete for the Championship, the B Team competed against the B Teams from five other schools and won that competition as well.
A Team: Carson Schulz (Co-Captain), Ty Dell'Anno (Co-Captain), Pedro Acosta, John Smith, Matt Smith, Cameron Barnett, Calvin Smith, Quichen Liu, Lucas Stutenroth, Garris LeGore.
B Team: Levi Kuhn (Team Captain), Joseph French, Ethan Schulz, Julian Daoreuang, Brandon Alonso, Sean Mikkelson, Dylan Giles, Aniika Craddock, Ava Durand, Leena Burgess.
- High School Musical Dress Rehearsal, March 28th. At this event, cadets helped escort hundreds of senior citizens who attended the dress rehearsal of the musical production, "Kiss Me Kate". This is the sixth year in a row that the cadets have supported this event.
- New Digs Ministry Service Project, March 11. A team of cadets assisted New Digs Ministry to move furniture from Lancaster to Mechanicsburg in order to help families in need.
- JROTC Program for Accreditation (JPA) Inspection, February 23. The Cumberland Valley High School Junior ROTC program has once
again earned the qualification of Honor Unit with Distinction (HUD), the highest
honor awarded to JROTC programs. This achievement required the
cadet battalion to score at least 95% on a rigorous 5-hour inspection
conducted by the JROTC Chief from the U.S Army's 2nd ROTC Brigade at Fort Dix,
NJ. The CV JROTC program achieved a perfect score on the inspection, the first
time that this has been achieved in the 115-school Brigade. The
battalion's cadets worked very hard throughout the year to prepare for this
inspection, which included: a Continuous Improvement Project briefing, a
Service Learning Project briefing, curriculum knowledge interviews, platoon
drill, and a color guard presentation. This inspection occurs only once every
three years and is the most challenging part of the evaluation process. The
final requirement is the annual submission of the Unit Report, which captures
the approximately 75 events in which the cadets participate each year. In
recognition of this achievement, the cadets will continue to proudly wear the
HUD star insignia on their uniforms.
- Echoes in the Dome, February 18th. Approximately 20 cadets assisted the CV High School Band Boosters with running the band competition known as Echoes in the Dome. The cadets helped with a variety of duties, including: parking, student guides, PAC guides, and judge runners.
- Battalion Awards Ceremony, February 15th. The cadet battalion conducted its winter awards ceremony on Feb 15 in the Spectator Gym to recognize cadets' accomplishments in academics, athletics, leadership, competitive teams, and community service. Our thanks to family members, staff and faculty, and other members of the community who came out to support the cadets.
- JROTC Program for Accreditation (JPA) Inspection (Part 1), February 8. The battalion completed the first part of the JPA Inspection, which will determine whether the program retains its qualification as an Honor Unit With Distinction (HUD). Events included Platoon Drill, a Color Guard Presentation, and a Supply Inspection.
- Congratulations to the CV JROTC Leadership Team!! The SY 2016-17 Leadership Team took 3rd place in the 115-school Brigade that covers the northeastern United States. This is an impressive showing -- a "Well Done!" to all team members who worked hard to achieve these results. the Academic Team also did an excellent job, qualifying to compete in Level 2 of the nationwide JLAB competition.
- League 3 Drill Team Competition Champions!!! On January 28th, the CV JROTC Drill Teams and Color Guard performed in an outstanding manner at the annual JROTC League 3 Drill Team Championship. Competing in a 9-school field, CV JROTC brought home eight trophies, including: 1st place in the All-Around Drill Team category, 1st place in Armed Drill, 1st place in Color Guard, 1st place in Platoon Inspection, and 2nd place in Unarmed Drill. The team captains were C/LTC Pedro Acosta (Armed Drill), C/CPT Ava Durand (Color Guard), C/1LT Hana Youssef (Inspection) and C/SFC Lauren Bellis (Unarmed Drill). This is an impressive showing in only the fifth year that the program has competed for the all-around title (after earning 2nd place overall the previous two years). A "Well Done!" to all team members who worked very hard to achieve these results.
- Six-Year Anniversary, January 20th. The CV JROTC program celebrated its six-year anniversary. You can see some of the cadets' accomplishments in the activities listed below. As always, our focus is on motivating young people to be better citizens, leaders, and students. We're looking forward to a terrific seventh year!
- JROTC at Course Scheduling Night, January 17th. During 7-9 PM, COL Kardos, SFC Vargas, and several cadets discussed JROTC with parents and students who were interested in the program. In addition to answering questions, the JROTC team will provide pamphlets and other handouts outlining information about the program.