VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rosemary Gladden
Date: 04/10/18 Phone: 757.263.1229
News Release No. 049 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: rosemary.gladden@vbschools.com

Green Run defends national title
as Navy JROTC champions

For the second consecutive year, Green Run's Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC), comprised of students from Green Run High School (GRHS) and Green Run Collegiate (GRC), won first place at the NJROTC Nationals Academic, Athletic and Drill Championship held April 6- 7 in Pensacola, Florida. The competition, which draws top units from each of the 11 Navy areas, is the most comprehensive test of overall NJROTC training and performance in academic, athletic and drill challenges, according to NJROTC's competition website.

Led by retired Navy Cmdr. Curtis Brown and retired Marine Corps 1st Sgt. Felix Robles, Green Run's unit brought home the championship trophy plus nine additional team trophies in the following categories: academics, armed exhibition, unarmed exhibition, overall athletics, overall drill, team curl-ups, team push-ups, 8x220 yard oval relay and 16x100 yard shuttle relay.

Green Run cadets also earned individual honors for top-10 finishes in events. GRC senior Aminah Jones earned fifth place in female individual curl-ups. GRHS junior Adriel Guzman won second place in male individual push-ups. GRHS senior Alexander Navarrete won second place in academics, which tests cadets' knowledge of maritime history, leadership, nautical science, naval knowledge, naval skills, ships, ranks, current events and protocols.

While last year's national title earned Green Run an automatic return trip to this year's NJROTC Nationals, they also earned the right to compete by winning the Area Five NJROTC Championship held in March. This was Green Run's sixth consecutive year to win Area Five, which is comprised of mid-Atlantic region schools from Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) offers NJROTC programs and naval science as an elective course at First Colonial, Green Run, Landstown, Princess Anne and Salem high schools.

Established in 1964, and offered at accredited secondary schools across the nation, NJRTC's mission is to instill in students the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility and sense of accomplishment. For more information about the high school program, visit NJROTC's website. For information about NJRTOC Nationals, visit the event website.

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