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CASHS NJROTC Cadets to Represent Pennsylvania at the Navy National Championships

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February 15th, 2020, will be remembered as a landmark date for the Cadets of Chambersburg Area Senior High School’s (CASHS) Navy Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (NJROTC) Program.  After competing in the Northeast Regional Drill Championships, the cadets earned trophies in the Color Guard, Exhibition, and Uniform Inspection competitive categories, but fell short of all top awards after a very stiff day of competition.  Understandably, cheers and tears both erupted in the team room when the news broke that, based on overall point standings and their first place finish in the ceremonial Color Guard competition, the cadets were offered a spot at the Navy National Championships. The cadets will be the only team representing the state of Pennsylvania.

The competition marks only the second time the CASHS Cadets has ever competed at the regional championship, and the first time since their conversion to a full-fledged NJROTC program in October, 2019.  The championship berth is a testament to the hard work, dedication and spirit displayed by the Chambersburg team over the course of a long competitive season.

The NJROTC National Drill, Academic and Fitness Championships will be held at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, April 3rd-4th. The Cadets will invest significant effort into training for the events and raising the resources needed to make the trip. 

During that same time, cadets will be preparing for the Annual Pass-in-Review and military inspection at 9:45 a.m. on March 11th, at CASHS.  The public is invited to this annual military celebration where they can get a sneak peak at a performance of the award-winning CASHS Drill team and wish them well prior to the National Championships.

Members of the community are invited and welcome to contribute to the effort to send the Chambersburg Cadets to Pensacola and should contact Commander Bruce Apgar at the Chambersburg Area Senior High School to help.

The Navy Junior ROTC at CASHS is a citizenship development program of the Chambersburg Area School District and the Naval Service Training Command.

Contact Info:
Bruce A. Apgar, Jr.
CDR, USN (RET)
Senior Naval Science Instructor
Chambersburg Areas Senior High School NJROTC
511 S. Sixth St.
Chambersburg, PA 17201
717-261-3322 ext 86704

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