CLOVER — Two weeks into the 2013-2014 school year, 36 Air Force JROTC cadets showed up for this year’s drill team tryouts at Clover High School. Over the next few weeks, the team was formed with the 16 remaining cadets.
On Oct. 19, the drill team competed at the 49er drill competition hosted by the Air Force ROTC detachment at UNC Charlotte with 17 teams from North and South Carolina.
Drill Team commander was Cadet Maj. Daniel Lopez.
There are seven events commanded by a different drill team member.
The first event was Element Armed, commanded by Cadet Sam Winterberg. The Element Unarmed team executed their movements with superb military bearing and marching precision. The Clover team won first place.
Next were Flight Armed and Flight Unarmed routines. Thirteen team members marched in the two events with the Flight Armed commanded by Cadet Ariel Lopez and Unarmed commanded by Cadet Samantha Lucas. Each team marched well, with the Flight Armed capturing second place.
The final event of the day was Knockout Competition, following a similar format to the game “Simon Says” using drill commands. Cadets who execute the movement correctly stay in to continue; others are knocked out. Cadet Ciara Clayton stood tall against 200 cadets, capturing second place.