Worth a salute: SM North NJROTC team takes first-ever national title in Pensacola

SM North's NJROTC with their title trophies in Florida. Photo via Richard Kramer Twitter.
SM North’s NJROTC with their title trophies in Florida. Photo via Richard Kramer Twitter.

SM North’s charmed spring continues.

Over the weekend, SM North’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) took the 2016 Overall National Championship in competition against 24 of the best teams in the country. Over two days of athletics and drills in Pensacola, Fla., the Indians dominated the field and secured the first national title in team history.

The Indians earned first place in the Armed Regulation Drill, the Unarmed Regulation Drill, Color Guard, Push-Ups and Sit-Ups. The team took fourth place in Personnel Inspection. Those strong performance were enough to give the Indians the National Drill Championship as well as the National Athletic Championship, which put them in the lead position in the Overall National Championship standings.

The title comes just weeks after SM North’s boys basketball team secured its first-ever boys basketball state title.

In addition to the team accolades, several individual team members earned special recognition. They were:

Male Sit-Ups
1st Place: Abdiel Herrera (329)
4th Place: John Wessling (314)
5th Place: Tyler Smith (312)
6th Place: Angelo Briones (309)

Female Sit-Ups
1st Place: Hope McAlexander (305)

Male Push-Ups
2nd Place: Angelo Briones (145)
3rd Place: Caleb Coleman (138)
9th Place: Joey Procell (105)

Female Push-Ups
3rd Place: Kali Dyche (81)
5th Place: Alissa Seckar (80)
10th Place: Jamie Hoffman (76)

In a message to SM North community members following the win, Principal Richard Kramer commended the team for the perseverance it took to make the title a reality.

“These ‘young Americans’ worked extremely hard to earn a berth to the national competition attending 6 a.m. practices all year in preparation for this moment,” Kramer said. “I cannot say enough about Chief Warrant Officer [Dennis] Grayless and our dedicated parents who have sacrificed to make this achievement truly a team effort.”

SM North's color guard crew took first place in the category. Photo via Richard Kramer on Twitter.
SM North’s color guard crew took first place in the category. Photo via Richard Kramer on Twitter.