Battalion Events - Spring 2016

Spring Semester 2016

- JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC), June 7-10.  During this period, fifteen (15) Cumberland Valley HS cadets attended JCLC to develop their leadership experience and abilities, while participating in adventure skills training with cadets from other area schools.  All of the CV cadets did very well, and earned both their JCLC and RECONDO tabs.  Cadets Mary Senos, Blythe Schehl, and Damien Camacho were chosen by the camp cadre as the top cadets in their platoons.  Well done to all!

- Silver Spring Memorial Day Ceremony, May 30th.  Five 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 Pacheco, Spitler, Bellis, Lui, and Youssef.  Cadet Senos also supported the event.

- Monroe Township Memorial Day Celebration, May 30th.  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 Acosta, Fogarty, Giles, and O'Connor.  Cadets Durand and Prowell also supported the event.

- Capitol Blue Cross Memorial Day Ceremony, May 27th.  The cadets presented the colors for this ceremony in Harrisburg.  This ceremony honored those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms and recognized the other veterans in attendance.  A "well done" to Cadets Acosta, Spitler, Fogarty, and O'Connor.  Cadets Giles and Prowell also supported the event.

- Eagle View Field Day, May 25th.  For the first time, 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.

- CV High School Blood Drive, April 29th.  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 tenth semi-annual blood drive supported by the cadet battalion.  During those events, the CPBB has now collected over 700 units (pints) of blood, including 62 pints from over 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.

- 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 16th.  The 5th Annual CV JROTC Military Ball was a lot of fun for the 102 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 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 Major General William Rapp, the Commandant of the U.S. Army War College.  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!

- JROTC 100th Anniversary 5K Run, April 13.  A team of cadets participated in this event with cadets from four other JROTC programs, Shippensburg University, Dickinson College, and officers from the Army War College class and Carlisle Barracks.  The event, which was held at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, included remarks concerning the history and value of the ROTC and JROTC programs and a cake cutting ceremony.

- CV JROTC Raider Team Wins League Championship!!  On April 9th, the CV JROTC Raider Team won the League 3 Raider Championship for the fifth consecutive year.  This physically and mentally demanding competition was held at Shippensburg University in a field of six 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 successfully defended their title by taking 1st place in four of the five events and 3rd in the other.  The members of the winning team were: Carson Schulz (Co-Captain), Ty Dell'Anno (Co-Captain), Matthew O'Connor, Michael O'Connor, Matt Manchon, John Smith, Matt Smith, Levi Kuhn, Cameron Barnett, Garris LeGore.  The B-Team competed for experience (only one team can count per school) and did very well.  Members of the B Team were: Chad Paul (Team Captain),Calvin Smith, Jaden Brown, Ava Durand, Roman Kosanovic, Damien Camacho, Joseph French, Quichen Liu, Jesse Melhorn, Lucas Stutenroth.  Other team members were: Jay Smyser, Ethan Schulz.  Cadet Matthew Smith received the Ironman Award for earning the highest Physical Fitness Test score among all male competitors.  Cadet Jaden Brown had the highest PT test score among all female competitors.

- High School Musical Dress Rehearsal, April 5th.  At this event, cadets helped escort hundreds of senior citizens who attended the dress rehearsal of the musical production, "The Little Mermaid".  This is the fifth year in a row that the cadets have supported this event.

- St. Patrick's Day Parade, March 19. Forty-eight (48) CV JROTC cadets marched in the St. Patrick's Day parade in Harrisburg for the third consecutive year.  More than 90 groups totaling 2,500+ people and dozens of vehicles participated in this year's event.  An estimated 25,000 people watched the parade and cheered on the participants.  The route, photos, and other information concerning the parade can be found at this website:

- Congratulations to the CV JROTC Academic Team!!  The Academic Team took 2nd place in the Brigade based on the Level 2 competition score they earned during the February 10 competition.  This places the team among the top 4 of 110 JROTC programs in the northeastern United States.  Team members are: Carson Schulz, John Smith, Rylan Foust, and David Smith.  This is an impressive showing -- a "Well Done!" to all team members who worked hard to achieve these results.

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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