Battalion Events - Spring Semester 2019

Spring Semester 2019

- JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC), June 10-14.  During this period, 12 Cumberland Valley HS cadets attended JCLC to develop their leadership skills and gain experience, while participating in adventure skills training with cadets from eight area schools.  All of the cadets did very well and earned their JCLC ribbons/tabs and their Recondo tabs.  Congratulations to Cadets Houck, Vogelsong, and Mulla for being selected as the Honor Cadet within their respective platoons.  

- Eagle View Field Day, May 29th.  
For the fourth consecutive year, the cadets assisted the event organizers by running new stations that the cadets had developed.  These included an obstacle course, various races, and the tug-of-war. This day-long effort was well-received by the middle school teachers and students.

- Silver Spring Memorial Day Ceremony, May 27th. 
 Six JROTC cadets participated in this ceremony at Willow Mill Park by presenting the wreath and raising the flag.  This moving tribute to service members who have given their lives for our country which also included: a speech about Memorial Day, reading the names of service members added to the memorial, and the playing of Taps.  A "well done" to Cadets Rabanal, Fuhrmaneck, Ikena, Seeger, and Wardle. 

- Monroe Township Memorial Day Celebration, May 27th.  
The cadets presented the colors for this ceremony at Mt Zion Cemetery.  This celebration honored those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms and recognized the other veterans in attendance.  The ceremony also included: prayers, patriotic songs, remarks, and the playing of Taps.  A "well done" to Cadets Melder, Hudson, Tafel, Huber, and McCartan.  

- CV High School Blood Drive, May 10th.  The JROTC cadet battalion hosted the spring blood drive for the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank (CPBB) in the Auxiliary Gym during 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM.  This was the 16th semi-annual blood drive supported by the cadet battalion.  During those events, the CPBB has now collected over 1000 units (pints) of blood, including 69 pints from 100 registered donors during this blood drive.  Thanks to everyone who worked on the blood drive and especially those who donated blood to help other members of our community.

- JROTC Military Ball, April 26th.  The 8th Annual CV JROTC Military Ball was a lot of fun for the 108 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 Mr. Mark Blanchard, the Executive Director of CV High School.  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!

- U.S. Army War College Joint Color Guard, April 25th.  The CVHS Color Guard presented the National, Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force, and Coast Guard flags at the U.S. Army War College for Jim Thorpe Sports Days.  This annual event brings together officers and their families from across the Senior Service Colleges for two days of athletic competition and camaraderie.  The War College Commandant commended the cadets for their precision and professionalism, and awarded each a unit coin.   

- Battalion Awards Ceremony, April 23rd.  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.

- High School Musical Dress Rehearsal, April 9th.  At this event, cadets helped escort hundreds of senior citizens who attended the dress rehearsal of the musical production, "The Addams Family".  This is the eighth year in a row that the cadets have supported this event.

- CV JROTC Raider Team Wins League Championship!  On April 6th, the CV JROTC Raider Team won the League 3 Raider Championship for the eighth 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 all five events. Also, Cadets Stephen Houck and Kiersten Melder 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 three other schools and won that competition as well. 

A Team:  Lucas Stutenroth, (Co-Captain), Ethan Schulz (Co-Captain), Kiersten Melder, Clayton Richardson, Caleb Frawley, Andrew Casher, Owen Clifford, Chris Olenick, Stephen Houck, Aman Mulla.  

B Team:  Kacy Rabanal (Co-Captain), Alexis Pottinger (Co-Captain), Jennifer Huber, Wyatt Crader, Connor Clifford, Sokhna Diouf, Mike Karimov, Logan Amrhein, Chibuikem Ekezie, Marlon Castellano.  Other team members: Matthew Colarusso.  

- Eagle View Musical production, March 22-24.  During the three showings of this year's musical production, the cadets provided ushers to assist in seating the large crowds that came out to watch this very popular show.  

- Battalion Awards Ceremony, February 23rd.
  The cadet battalion conducted its winter awards ceremony on Feb 23 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.

- Congratulations to the CV JROTC JLAB Teams.  The SY 2018-19 JLAB teams qualified for the Level II competitions based on their scores during the Level I competition in mid-February.  

- Echoes in the Dome, January 26th.  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. 

- League 3 Drill Team Competition Champions!  On January 26th, the CV JROTC Drill Team and Color Guard won the annual JROTC League 3 Drill Team Championship for the third year in a row.  Competing in a 9-school field, CV JROTC brought home nine trophies, including taking 1st place in all regulation events: Color Guard, Platoon Inspection, Armed Drill, and Unarmed Drill. The team captains were C/CPT Kiersten Melder (Unarmed Drill), C/CSM Nicholas Tafel (Color Guard and Inspection), and C/SSG Jennifer Huber (Armed Drill).  Cadet Melder won the the Commanders Inspection against the drill captains of the other eight schools.  Cadet Melder and Cadet Diouf took 1st and 4th place respectively in the Knockout competition out of almost 200 cadets.  A "Well Done!" to all team members who worked very hard to achieve these results. 

- JROTC Middle School Presentations, January 22-24.  As part of briefings by CVHS Department Leaders, Colonel Kardos presented information about the JROTC program to 8th grade students at Good Hope MS (January 23) and Eagle View MS (January 22).  A team of cadets spoke about JROTC to interested 8th grade students at Good Hope MS and at Eagle View MS on January 24.

- Eight-Year Anniversary, January 20th.  The CV JROTC program celebrated its eight-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 ninth year!

- JROTC at Course Scheduling Night, January 9th.  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. 


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Spring Semester 2013

- HONOR UNIT WITH DISTINCTION, January 14th.  The Cumberland Valley High School Junior ROTC program is very pleased to announce that the unit has earned the qualification of Honor Unit with Distinction, the highest honor awarded to JROTC programs.  This achievement required the cadet battalion to score at least 96% on a rigorous 5-hour inspection conducted on January 14th by a team from the U.S Army's 2nd ROTC Brigade from Fort Dix, NJ.  On its first ever Formal Inspection, the CV JROTC program scored 591 of a possible 600 points (98.5%). The battalion's cadets worked very hard throughout the semester to prepare for this inspection, which included: a staff briefing; a curriculum knowledge session; a detailed inspection of cadet staff areas and functions; platoon drill; a color guard presentation; and an in-ranks inspection of uniforms and cadet knowledge.  This inspection occurs only once every three years and is the most challenging part of the evaluation process.By scoring at least 96% on the end-of-year Unit Report, the cadets will confirm their Honor Unit with Distinction qualification.  This report highlights all of the cadets' extracurricular activities, including: community service, school support, team competitions, color guard presentations, parades, formal social events, summer camp, and more.  At that point, the Senior Army Instructor will be authorized to nominate well-qualified cadets to any of the Military Service Academies and the cadets will proudly wear a yellow star insignia on their uniforms to recognize this accomplishment.

Congratulations to all "Screaming Eagles" Cadets!!

 



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