Michigan City High School (MCHS) Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (MCJROTC) Drill Team hosted and won a military drill meet on Saturday, October 26th at MCHS. The Wolves defeated 5 other schools in the competition which featured eight different events. 5 schools from Chicago were unable to participate due to the Chicago teachers strike. MCHS was led by Cadets Major Thomas Mizer, 2nd Lieutenants Jessica Wilhelm and Julia Ringstad, and Sergeant Josh Wilhelm, who commanded their units to first place finishes.
“This was a good way for us to start our drill season,” said Senior Marine Instructor Major Tom McGrath. “However, we still have much that needs improving if we want to again qualify for the Marine National Championship meet.” MCHS has qualified the last two years for that competition.
Master Sergeant Jeff Benak, the Marine Instructor, praised the cadets for their preparation. “This is very early in the year to have a drill meet. For our cadets to be ready and be competitive tells much about their to desire to excel.”
The events, place and commanders were:
Event Place Commander
Unarmed Regulation 1st Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Jessica Wilhelm
Armed Regulation 1st Cadet Captain Thomas Mizer
Color Guard A 1st Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Julia Ringstad
Color Guard B 1st Cadet Sergeant Josh Wilhelm
Armed Exhibition 2nd Cadet 1st Lieutenant Bohdan Walker
Unarmed Exhibition 2nd Cadet Sergeant Destiny Gonzalez
Inspection 3rd Cadet Captain Thomas Mizer
First year 3rd Cadet Corporal Declan Rice
The Wolves next meet will be at Benito Juarez High School in Chicago on November 16th.