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The 4th Brigade of Junior ROTC programs consist of 318 schools in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina and South Carolina. Fishburne Military School is one of three to achieve a distinguished opportunity.
On Saturday, the FMS color guard, exhibition drill team and regulation drill team will compete in the Best of the Best 4th Brigade Championship in Hickory, North Carolina, where all three teams will compete for top honors in the region.
“It’s teamwork, discipline, hard work, overcoming obstacles. This is so hard,” said Lt. Col. Robert Hunt, senior army instructor at FMS and exhibition drill team advisory.
The FMS color guard, as most have seen at events such as sporting events, present the flags. The exhibition drill team has tasks such as flipping and tossing their rifles and the regulation drill team is focused on close order drill.
FMS, who will send 20 cadets down for the competition, is one of three schools out of the 318 in the region that qualified both their raiders team, which will compete in spring, and drill teams for the championship.
On Wednesday, the exhibition drill team held its daily practice in blistering wind and snow in front of the school.
“It’s a testament to the kids and their commitment to their activity. It’s also a testament to the JROTC instructors. It’s difficult to get into the Best of the Best to begin with. To get into two categories, it likely means that our JROTC program is one of the best in the country right now,” said the school’s superintendent, Col. Gary Morrison.
The 4th Brigade is headquartered at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Coaches have prepared the kids and will continue to do so up to the day of the event, but as 1st Sgt. Color Guard Advisor James Hensley says, it’s up to the kids. The coaches prepare them and once it starts, they let them lead the show and do the best they can.
“It is nerve racking, because I know they look good, I know they perform well, but it’s like gymnastics,” Hensley said. “You really don’t know how the judges are calling it, and you won’t know till it is all done.”
The FMS Raiders will participate in their Best of the Best in the spring.
Will Goshgarian, a member of the exhibition drill team, knows that the school has one goal.
“To win. Definitely to win,” he said. See on news.google.com