At their first competition of the year, the Shawnee Mission North NJROTC earned first place overall and earned nine first-place finishes in a 10-event competition.
The Bison competed against seven schools from Arkansas, Missouri, and Kansas. Chief Warrant Officer Dennis Grayless says the secret to the team’s success has been the same for 17 years, which includes working hard every morning in the school gym. He said outworking the competition has led to the team’s success.
The Shawnee Mission North NJROTC has earned 38 national titles in a 16 year period.
“The group this year has accepted the responsibility of being a good person, good teammate, and a good citizen,” Grayless shared.
Here is a breakdown of competition results:
1st Place - Overall
1st Place – Personnel Inspection
1st Place – Armed Regulation Drill
1st Place – Armed Exhibition Drill
1st Place – Unarmed Regulation Drill
1st Place – Unarmed Exhibition Drill
1st Place – Color Guard
1st Place – Overall Athletics
1st Place – Push-Ups
1st Place – Sit-Ups
1st Place – 16 x 100 Shuttle Relay
3rd Place – Academics
Several students were also recognized with top 3 finishes in the areas of Academics and Athletics:
1st Place – Angel Arreola
1st Place – Sophia Porraz
2nd Place – Abigail Serling
3rd Place – Kayte Acosta
1st Place – Lucas McGriff
2nd Place – Jacob Needham
1st Place – Abigail Serling
2nd Place – Sabrina Dubois
3rd Place – Samantha Herron
1ST Place – Jacob Needham
2nd Place – Chaise Carrender
3rd Place – Lucas McGriff
Shawnee Mission North will host an athletic challenge on Saturday, Nov. 13.