Raiders Go to Nationals

Kaitlynn DeArmond, Reporter

On April 1st, 2022, The Raider Battalion stepped onto NAS Pensacola grounds to compete in the 2022 National Drill competition. Twenty-seven schools from around the world vied to claim the title of National Champion. The competition was made up of multiple events, including a 100-meter relay, push-ups, sit-ups, academic tests, personnel inspection, color guard, and Basic and Exhibition drill. This two-day event was exhausting for the cadets.

Before nationals, there was a lot of stress during perfecting everything they could. But even with all the pressure and a time crunch, cadets could not contain their excitement. “Everything we’ve done this year has led to this, and we can’t let that slip away,” Reece Rodman said.

Mentally and physically exhausted, the battalion was at the school every morning and afternoon to sharpen their drill movements, physical training, academic practices, and study groups to prepare for the big day. But, after the early mornings and late nights, it was worth it. Placing 14th overall, Saturday night, the Raiders returned home with smiling and exhausted faces, with plans on how to get to Nationals again next year.

Awards Ceremony in the National Naval Aviation Museum.
Coltyn Young and Kendra Fenstermker are participating in the knock-out drill.