Waimea JROTC golden again

Members of the Waimea High School JROTC rifle drill team struck gold again recently, scoring high in statewide competitions.

They won first place in the armed regulation category and third place in the unarmed regulation category at the West Point Society Drill Meet, last month.

The drill team members took second place in the armed regulation category, and fourth in the armed exhibition category, at the Pacific Regional High School Drill Team Championships, also last month.

The commander of the armed regulation team at both competitions was Cadet Sgt. Maj. Reynold Dela Cruz, a senior.

Cadet Capt. Lambert Guirao, co-commander of the whole drill team, commanded the unarmed regulation team at West Point, and the armed exhibition team at the Pacific Regional drill meet.

He is also a senior.

Had this Pacific Regional drill meet been a statewide-only competition, they would have been one place higher in each category.

Kadena High School from Japan won first in the armed regulation.

In the regulation category, every move is done by the book. There is a set routine that the teams must complete with precision and timing.

Armed regulation requires the use of demilitarized weapons, such as M-1 Garand or M1903 Springfield rifles, whereas unarmed regulation is without weapons.

Exhibition examines creativity and originality.

Teams make up their own routines, and use their own moves while keeping them in compliance with the rules and guidelines.

The armed exhibition category requires weapons, and the unarmed exhibition is without.

Seniors on the team are Lambert Guirao, Jesse Choi, Reynold Dela Cruz, Kale Nakata, Jenna Nakamatsu and Lovely Abalos.

Their next performance will be at the Waimea High School blue and white football game on May 26.

This is the last performance for the drill-team seniors, JROTC participants said in a press release.

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