By Bekah Landers and Claire DeFrancisci
After the ceremony cadets gather and talk to each other.
With tears welling in her eyes, sophomore Danya Sandoval hugs Senior Thad Chrone.
Principal Janie Whaley, Dean of students Joe Voelker, and Laura Gipe watch the seniors stand at attention one last time in the FC gym.
Colonel Ben Gipe stands at attention with commanding officer senior Marissa Sammons while preparing to reward the new commanding officer, junior George Emily, his rank.
Colonel Gipe officially grants junior George Emily his new rank as commanding officer.
Junior George Emily is kissed on the cheek by his mom after receiving his title.
Junior George Emily’s father pins a button of rank onto his son’s uniform
Colonel Gipe addresses the crowd after the platoon’s skits.
A group of girls sing the a patriotic song after the program ends.
The girls who sang the national anthem are awarded flowers after their performance.
Colonel Gipe and his wife, Laura Gipe, enjoy the program.
The staff from the NJROTC put on their own skit.
The staff of NJROTC act as zombies in their skit.
In a scene from a skit, sophomore Lance Youtsey is “brought back to life” by another cadet dressed as a nurse.
A cadet acts like a firefighter.
The platoon’s stand at attention before the skits begin.
One platoon dance with flags during their skit.
The platoon dances in the bleachers.
In one skit the platoon dances on “Sesame Street.”
Sophomores Betsey Brimm and Scott Schuchardt march in place.
Directing their platoon’s dance, Betsey Brimm and Scott Schuchardt raise their hands to direct a group.
A platoon acts to pick up trash in their skit.
One platoon acts out “The Godfather.”
“The Godfather” skit.
A platoon stands at attention before their skit.
Veterans in the audience stand up.
The cadets stand at attention.
The color guard walks.
The color guard displays the flags.
Colonel Gipe solutes the color guard.
Cadets prepare for the night.
Junior Emily Kunkel talks to sophomore Alyson Gill.
Senior Marissa Sammons stands in the middle of the gym.
The color guard stands at attention.
Cadets with academic excellence.
Sophomore Patrick Stewart gets the Sons of the American Revolution award.
Sophomore Danya Sandoval receives the Daughters of the American Revolution award for showing patriotism, military, and academic excellence.
All the seniors line up in the cafeteria at the awards ceremony.
Photos by Bekah Landers
The JROTC participates in many important events throughout the year, giving the students many opportunities to show their dedication to the program. At the end of the school year, the students are awarded for their achievements and the new commanding officer is announced.
This year’s Commanding Officer senior Marissa Samons passed down her title to junior George Emily for next year.
“I am so excited for next year,” said Colonel Ben Gipe. “Every year keeps getting better and better and I can’t wait to see what these cadets have in store.”