The Shawnee Mission North Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) concluded its season on a celebratory note. A group of 15 team members earned first place over 54 competing schools who took the NJROTC National Academic Exam.
The exam asked students to answer questions related to NJRTOC leadership, history, meteorology, citizenship, wellness and fitness, and other related curriculum. Master Chief John Carey, NJROTC teacher at SM North, led students in the exam effort.
The the SM North NJROTC was preparing to compete in the NJROTC National Drill, Athletic and Academic Championship as school closures were announced. This marked the 15th consecutive year the SM North NJROTC qualified for national competition. The corps concluded their competition year with a record of 42-0.
Throughout the year, even during holiday breaks, students practiced at school at 6 a.m., instructor Dennis Grayless shared, while expressing disappointment seniors in particular will not be able to compete in nationals.
“Although it was a small senior class this year their efforts were just unbelievable and they have earned my respect for as long as I’m still kicking,” Grayless noted. “They so embody what selflessness, commitment, and team mean.”