The Los Alamos High School NJROTC took 51 students to Highland High School and placed second, overall, at the Area 9 Drill Meet in Albuquerque on Dec. 4. The drill meet is a competition of academics, drill and physical fitness between 13 schools from New Mexico and Colorado. As a result of this success, the LAHS NJROTC is going to Overland Park, Kan., for the Navy Regional competition from Feb. 17-21. They have been vying for a place in this event for the past three years and this year, their hard work was recognized, their rigorous practicing schedule paid off and the “lack of sleep never felt so sweet.”
The drill teams are under the guidance of Gunnery Sgt. (Ret.) Bret Painter, while the Los Alamos High School NJROTC precision shooting team is under the guidance of Lt. Cmdr. (Ret.) Wesley Shumaker. The shooting team will take five members to Anniston, Ala., on Feb. 9 to compete at the Navy Nationals Marksmanship Competition. The team is excited and thankful for the support they have received from the Los Alamos community members for so many years.