April 14, 2022 at 11:53 a.m.
The Vikings competition team consists of Lindsey Meizo, Elise Johnson, Gabi Hanson, Brianna Hendren, Jennifer Gonzales, Ella Tracy and Lily Roderick.
Less than two percent of the thousands of Junior ROTC units nationally are accepted to compete at the National High School Drill Team Championships.
As the Viking Air Force Junior ROTC team is working hard to prepare for Nationals, they are also raising the necessary funds to attend and compete. In addition to generous donations from the North Branch American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars organizations, there is cadet fund-raising.
The National High School Drill Team Championships allow the finest programs in the world to compete in drill and ceremony competitions in order to crown a National Champion in one of several competition levels and divisions.
Viking Cadets will compete in Color Guard, Armed and Unarmed Knockout Drill, and the crowd pleasing Unarmed Dual Exhibition and Armed Solo Exhibition Drill.
Over 3,500 high schools across the country maintain Junior ROTC programs.
Over 400,000 high school cadets take part in this exceptional program nationally, bringing citizenship, discipline, personal responsibility and leadership into the lives of young men and women who voluntarily choose to participate. The cornerstone for many Junior ROTC units are drill and color guard teams, which perform in many local and regional meets. In its 40th year, the “Nationals”, as it has become known, will host over 150 schools and over 4,000 cadets from 30 states.