National Champion JROTC Caprock drill team performs for Rep. Ronny Jackson

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The national champion Caprock High School Marine JROTC drill team put on a private performance Friday for U.S. Congressman Ronny Jackson at the Caprock High School Gym.

MGySgt Michael Harris, the senior Marine instructor for Caprock High School, and U.S. Rep. Ronny Jackson watch the National Champion Caprock Marine JROTC drill team perform Friday at Caprock High School gym.
MGySgt Michael Harris, the senior Marine instructor for Caprock High School, and U.S. Rep. Ronny Jackson watch the National Champion Caprock Marine JROTC drill team perform Friday at Caprock High School gym.

Winning the national championship last month in the competition in Daytona Beach, Florida, over 12 top drill teams from all over the nation, Caprock finished first in both the unarmed and armed exhibition to take the overall drill championship. Caprock also finished second in unarmed inspection and unarmed regulation competitions to finish more than 200 points above the runner-up in the competition.

The Caprock High armed drill team shows off their drill skills Friday at the Caprock High School gym.
The Caprock High armed drill team shows off their drill skills Friday at the Caprock High School gym.

Jackson traveled to Caprock High School to meet with the team and honor its achievement. Over the past three years of competition, the Caprock team has placed second nationally twice in the previous four two competitions and has shown to be one of the premier drill teams in the country.

MGySgt Michael Harris, the senior Marine instructor for the team, spoke about the visit from the congressman and the championship that his team achieved.

U.S. Rep. Ronny Jackson stands with the national champion Marine JROTC Caprock drill team Friday at Caprock High School Gym.
U.S. Rep. Ronny Jackson stands with the national champion Marine JROTC Caprock drill team Friday at Caprock High School Gym.

“For the last four years, we have gone to nationals and two of the years, we placed second; for this year’s competition, the team was focused on being the top team,” Harris said. “In years past, it seemed like the team kind of put in cruise by just making the nationals; this year was different. The seniors led the work ethic to take the team to the next level. There was a lot more accountability for the team this year, with the leadership stepping up to make the extra effort.”

Harris, who has been leading the program over the past seven years, said that over the years, the more his teams developed and won awards, the more the team was motivated to achieve more.

“Once we won our first trophy, we slowly developed over time where these students expect to compete with the best,” Harris said.

Asked about how his team felt about the visit from Jackson, Harris said his team was honored to get the recognition.

“We turned this into another lesson about what a congressman does,” Harris said. “They were super excited to meet a congressman and put on a show for our representative. These guys were nervous, but they worked through it.”

The national champion Caprock drill team performs at Hodgetown Stadium Friday before the Amarillo Sod Poodles game.
The national champion Caprock drill team performs at Hodgetown Stadium Friday before the Amarillo Sod Poodles game.

Following the visit from Jackson, the Caprock drill team put on an exhibition before the Sod Poodles Game at Hodgetown Stadium later in the afternoon.

Members of the Caprock Marine JROTC Team:

Jossalin Arellano

Riggs Arrasmith - Color Guard Commander

Jadon Bilderback

Keishandra Bujanda

Jonathan Bushey

Halo Garcia

Nataley Garcia

Valentina Garcia

Angel Gomez

Kat’lyn Gonzales

Diego Hernandez

Marissa Hernandez - Unarmed Drill Team Commander

Dominick Jacquez - Armed Drill Team Commander

Alan Lozano

Raymond Nath

J. Pham

Leland Poole

Miguel Reyes

Joshua Rimel

Angel Rodriguez

Derek Smith

Harley Speilbauer

Joel Valdez

Cooper White

Instructors

MGySgt Michael Harris

MSgt Jonathan Scott

This article originally appeared on Amarillo Globe-News: National champion Caprock drill team performs for Rep. Ronny Jackson