Local Color Guard Wins Big In National Tournament


Tuesday, May 1st 2007, 10:36 am
By: News On 6


Jenks High School is accustomed to winning. Their athletic and academic competitors always seem to do well. News On 6's Rick Wells reports the Jenks Air Force Junior ROTC color guard competed in the Air Force National Invitational Tournament and brought home a title and a big trophy.

We interupted Maj Jack Jordan's third period class to get a look at the first place trophy.

"This is from Washington D.C., first place," said Jordan.

It's a first time first place for Jenks or any other Air Force Junior ROTC unit in the area. Four sophomores, Caitlyn Bell, Kandice Chandler, Sallena Samuels and Ashley Carr are in effect national champions already, but are competing in the National High School drill team championships in Florida on Friday.

Maj Jordan, retired airman, says having this much success as sophomores is very unusual. They've been doing this so long together they catch themselves marching on the way to class.

They have a specific routine and are judged on how uniformly they perform it, how they handle the flags and the weapons. They say ROTC is teaching them self control, responsibility and leadership. They thought ROTC might be a good way to meet guys, then they got hooked

"We wanted to compete, wanted to win and make our school look good,” said Chandler. “That's what we are doing."

They leave Wednesday for Daytona Beach, Florida. The actual competition is on Friday.

Watch the video: Local Color Guard Headed To National Competition