JROTC Team Practice Schedules

JROTC has seven competitive teams: Drill, Color Guard, Exhibition, Raiders, Marksman, Academic bowl, and Leadership bowl. The practice schedule for the spring is listed below. Practices are subject to change. Every effort will be made to notify cadets well in advance of any changes to the practice schedule.

Cadets wanting to compete with the Raider Team MUST have a current (this academic year) athletic physical on file with the school. Forms are available upon request.

4:10 - 5:45 pm

4:10 - 5:45 pm

4:10 - 5:45 pm

4:10 - 5:45 pm

4:10 - 5:45 pm
7:20 - 8:30 am

7:20 - 8:30 am

7:20 - 8:30 am

7:20 - 8:30 am

7:20 - 8:30 am
Drill & Color Guard*
7:30 - 8:30 am

7:30 - 8:30 am

7:30 - 8:30 am

7:30 - 8:30 am

7:30 - 8:30 am

*Although the competition season is over, Color Guard members will be notified if they are participating in a noncompetitive color guard.

*The Exhibition team practices with the Drill and Color Guard team whenever the commander sees fit. Contact the Commander if you want to participate. 

MHS JROTC Raiders earn 8th place at Nationals

By Gabriela Padilla Posted:  by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director

The Marion High School JROTC Raider Team competed in Nationals last weekend, finishing eighth out of 82 teams!


The Raider Nationals, in Molena, Ga., last weekend, involved tough obstacles that included a 1-mile run, carrying various objects, crawling under ropes, and vaulting over objects.

“They did awesome,” Lt. Col. David Farlow, the team’s coach and the MHS JROTC senior Army instructor, told the Chronicle-Tribune. “By all measurable standards, the JROTC is the best it has ever been.”

Cadets Stephanie Charlton, a senior, and Joseph O’Donnell, a junior, were chosen to particpate individually in the Ultimate Raider competition. Stephanie placed 10th in the nation, and Joseph placed 20th! The two cadets had to run almost 2 miles with a 35-pound backpack, and finish by climbing over an 8 foot wall without assistance.

“I felt our team did a great job and being able to achieve eighth best team in the nation,” Joseph said. “It was awesome. I was honored to be able to go back and compete again this year and to be selected to represent our team in the Ultimate Raider Competition.”

In 2015, the MHS JROTC Raider Team finished 14th at Nationals.

These challenges require endurance, physical strength, and a lot of teamwork. The MHS Raiders can’t wait to go back and compete again!

“I loved it!” said Cadet Joey Lawrence, assistant team captain and MHS senior. “I’d go again if I could. I was really impressed with our team. We came together and had great teamwork.”

Marion High School and Marion Community Schools are very proud of these cadets and the hard work they put in! Way to go, Giants! 

JROTC cadets earn top finishes at U. of Toledo drill competition

Posted:  by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director

Precision was put to the test Saturday at University of Toledo’s annual JROTC Drill and Color Guard Competition, and the Giants were among the best, bringing home multiple top finishes.

Fielding a team of 12 cadets competing in a series of events, Marion High School earned a second-place finish in the unarmed squad exhibition drill and two third-place finishes in the color guard and exhibition duet events. 

“This is a great start to our Drill and Color Guard competitive season,” said Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Jon Smith, the Giants’ Army Instructor.  “Now with a competition under their belts, the cadets have a better idea of what it will take in terms of practice and commitment to become a first-place finisher. I am sure they will rise to the challenge.”

Forty-six teams competed in multiple events designed to test the skill and precision of the cadets. In addition to those events in which the Giants placed, they also competed in the squad armed regulation drill and the solo exhibition. 

The unarmed exhibition drill team, under the leadership of Cadet Stephanie Charlton, an MHS senior, conducted a series of precision movements under the watchful eye of the graders. 

“I am proud of our team’s performance,” Charlton said. “Especially, since it (Toledo) was the first-ever competition for many of the cadets.” 

Cadets Austen Robbins and DJ Smith represented the Giants in the exhibition duet event. 

Other cadets competing at Toledo included: Miller Betz, Josue Martinez, Jackie Cheung, Anyssa Shultz, Joseph O’Donnell, Joanna Hidalgo, Ashley White, Haley O’Neil, and Audrey Dickerson.

The cadets have several more competitions scheduled in the second semester.

Community support propels JROTC Marksmanship Team to greater success

Posted:  by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
The Marion High School JROTC Rifle Marksmanship Team continues their dominance over other programs from across the state and around the Midwest, and the team’s success can be attributed in part to the tremendous support they receive from community groups and individuals.

Generous donations have helped the Marion cadets receive advanced training and equipment necessary to propel the Giants from good to great.

On Thursday, the Deer Creek Conservation Club of Grant County and the Deer Creek Realty Corp. became the latest organizations to present donations to the JROTC Marksmanship Team, both giving $800. These donations are intended to provide scholarships for cadets to receive advanced marksmanship training during a summer camp experience at the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s Junior Shooter Camp.

“This is the second year that Deer Creek has sponsored a cadet’s attendance to the camp,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the JROTC senior Army instructor. “It is amazing to see how this small investment can pay huge dividends in a shooter. Each of the cadets who attended the marksmanship camp significantly improved their skills.”

Those skills were on display Wednesday as the Marion cadets soundly defeated the cadets from Blackford High School with team scores of 1,237 to 817. This victory follows a succession of wins as the Giants remain undefeated this year in shoulder-to-shoulder matches. 

The training and the gifts that make it possible aren’t just about marksmanship, said Deer Creek Conservation Club’s Barry Baker.

“We see in these young people the development of not only outstanding marksmanship, but also as individuals with positive values so closely revered by our club,” he said.

Dennis McHarry from the Deer Creek Realty Corp. echoed those sentiments and added: “With our support we feel we have invested in the next generation of great leadership for our community and our country.”

Cadet Taylor Sorah, the MHS JROTC Marksmanship Team captain and top shooter, said the gifts truly make a difference.

“I learned so much at summer rifle camp,” she said. “All four of the cadets who attended camp improved so much.  But none of us would have been able to attend without the scholarships. Thank you so much to those who donated to support us.”

The community support is key to the success of the program, Farlow said.
“The JROTC program as a whole, and the Rifle Team specifically, have benefited from the continued generosity of community groups and individuals,” he said. “These young people are learning, growing and achieving. And our community is truly helping to develop the next generation of leaders through these donations.”

The Rifle Team travels this Saturday to Indianapolis to compete in the Indiana JROTC State Marksmanship Championship.

JROTC cadets win team, individual marksmanship state titles

Posted:  by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director

The Marion High School JROTC Rifle Marksmanship Team proved last weekend that they are truly the best-shooting cadets in Indiana. Not only did the Giants win the JROTC Rifle Marksmanship State Championship, beating dozens of other teams representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps JROTC programs across the state, but they also produced the No. 1 individual shooter in the state as well.

Members of the MHS JROTC Marksmanship Team poses with their state championship trophy. Team members and coaches, left to right, are: Joseph O'Donnell, Assistant Coach Lee Hatten, Kayleigh Smith, Taylor Sorah, Assistant Coach David Kuester, Levi Hofmann, Lt. Col. David Farlow, Hailey Teeguarden, and Rhianna Gary.

Indianapolis Public Schools on Saturday, Dec. 10, hosted the first-ever statewide competition designed to identify the top JROTC marksmanship unit, thus earning the title of State Champion. At the meet, the six-cadet team from Marion was led by a season-best performance from freshman Levi Hofmann, who earned the highest overall score for an individual.  

“I really felt like I was shooting well in all three positions,” Hofmann said after the match. “But it was a great surprise to end up with the highest score and become the No. 1 shooter in the state.”

Hofmann’s achievement lifted the whole team, said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, Marion High School’s senior Army instructor and the marksmanship team’s coach.

“The team as a whole shot well,” he said, “but the superior shooting of Cadet Hofmann clearly carried us to victory over several other great teams.”

MHS cadets take aim to win the Indiana JROTC Rifle Marksmanship State Championship on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, in Indianapolis.

The Giants defeated strong teams from the JROTC programs of Warren Central (Army) and Ben Davis Marine Corps) high schools, who earned second and third place, respectively.

“I am so proud of our team,” said Taylor Sorah, a junior, the team’s captain, and a state champion marksman herself, having won the 2016 Junior Shooting State Championship, hosted by the American Legion in March. “This has been our best season ever. Winning the state championship makes it that much better.”

Other cadets on the state championship team were: Kayleigh Smith, a senior, Rhianna Gary and Joseph O’Donnell, both juniors, and Hailey Teeguarden, a sophomore.