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WHS JROTC Drill Teams Dominate at Nationals

Waller ISD Communications May 3-5, Waller High School (WHS) JROTC Drill Teams competed in the National High School Drill Team Championship in Daytona Beach, Florida. The WHS Drill Teams are made up of the all-girls Unarmed Phantoms Team and the boys Armed Warhawks Team. At Nationals, the teams compete in the Challenger Division and are judged in four events: inspection, regulation, color guard, and exhibition.

In preparation for Nationals, the drill teams dedicated a majority of their time to practice. The teams held three-hour practices in the fall semester and three-hour daily practices in the spring semester. Three Saturdays a month they participated in all-day competitions or practice.

“I am so proud of what these teams were able to accomplish,” Master Sergeant Joel Barnett said. “They started in August and literally practiced every weekday and competed most weekends in preparation for this event.”

The Phantoms have competed in the Unarmed National Championships the past two years. In 2017, they were the National Champions in Exhibition. This year they were named Overall National Champion after competing against 32 teams. This is the first year the Warhawks have competed as an Armed Drill Team. Against 31 teams, the Warhawks were awarded third place Overall.


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