HUBER HEIGHTS — Wayne High School’s AFJROTC Drill Team made an impressive finish in their most recent drill competition. They placed second overall while hosting their 6th annual White-Fitzgerald Memorial Drill Competition.
“The drill meet was a huge success due to the enormous amount of time put in by the parents, cadets and volunteer military judges mostly from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Huber Heights Recruiting station,” said Wayne’s Lt. Col. Roger Redwood.
Other competing schools were Rutherford B. Hayes High School, Walter E. Stebbins High School, Lebanon High School, Tecumseh High School, Beavercreek High School, and Dayton Early College Academy.
The typical entry fee compete is around $70 per school, but Wayne did something different this year. Instead of seeking the monetary entry fee, each cadet was asked to bring a canned food product as the entrance fee. Spectators were also asked to participate in the canned food drive.
A Wayne cadet’s father who works at Valley Tire Pros rallied his coworkers to donate canned foods too. The combined donations from the cadets, spectators, and Valley Tire Pros employees resulted in more than 600 canned goods being collected from the drill competition.
The canned goods will support Holiday Aid, a yearly massive food drive organized by The Dayton Foodbank. “We received many positive comments from the visiting schools about the competition and they loved participating in the canned food drive,” said Redwood.
The next competition for Wayne’s AFJROTC will be in Delaware County on February 9th, 2019.