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East High JROTC wins first place at drill competition

Throughout the school year, the Golden Bear Battalion participates in activities including American Red Cross blood drives, parades and community service projects.
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The East High School Army JROTC won five first-place awards at the Kenmore-Garfield High School Army JROTC Drill Competition on Nov. 2 in Akron. (Contributed photo)

YOUNGSTOWN — The East High School Army JROTC won five first-place awards including first-place overall at the Kenmore-Garfield High School Army JROTC Drill Competition Nov. 2 in Akron.

“Our Golden Bear cadets continue to strive for excellence,” retired Master Sgt. Douglas Moon, who leads the East JROTC team, said in a news release. “Their hard work and dedication to the JROTC has proven to be a diamond in the rough here at East High School. Our cadets continue to challenge each other to become better at everything they do.”

First-place awards were presented for overall East High, Varsity Drill Team; Leadership, Education and Training 1 Drill Team; and Raider Team.

Sophomore Kewon Carter also earned first place in the knockout drill. 

The Golden Bear Battalion Academic Team also earned second place, and the Varsity Color Guard earned third place.

Senior Tobias Hayes finished second in the knockout drill, and senior Johnathan Lee earned third place in the same event.

"The Golden Bear Battalion is an absolute source of pride for East High School,” Jeremy Batchelor, East High School principal, said. “Lt. Col. [Joseph] Alessi and MSG Moon continue to prepare these young people with the necessary leadership skills to represent themselves and East High School at the highest level."

Throughout the school year, the Golden Bear Battalion participates in activities including American Red Cross blood drives, parades and community service projects.