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A Glimpse Inside NJROTC

NJROTC is a course at Lake Howell High School. NJROTC stands for Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. NJROTC offers a lot of various opportunities and activities where you can learn about the navy and its principles as well as receive training to be leaders and better members of our society.

After school teams include armed basic, unarmed basic, armed expedition, unarmed expedition, color guard, academics, athletics, marksmanship, and orienteering. Armed basic is marching with rifles, while unarmed basic is standard drill marching. Armed expedition includes marching with rifles, like armed basic, but it also incorporates expert movements, such as spins and throws, with the rifles. Unarmed expedition, similarly, is like unarmed basic drill but with cool hand movements. Color guard features marching in a group of four, with two people holding rifles and two holding flags–normally the United States flag and another flag.

Academics is a competition between schools about military knowledge. The academics include general orders, principles of leadership, ranks, and chain of command.

Athletics is physical competition between schools, which involves students doing a series of runs, push-ups and sit-ups. Marksmanship is using air rifles in precision–in other words, shooting at targets. Orienteering is a competition where you have a compass and a map which you must use to reach certain points within a limited amount of time.

NJROTC also has other activities like fundraisers and community service. Community service and fundraisers include car washes, trash clean-ups–such as our local Dike Road clean-up and beach clean-up–as well as helping in sports events, like football games and swim meets.

The last activity a student can do in NJROTC is Leadership Academy, where three students from the school will be selected to train. The academy starts on June 17th and lasts a week. Students who attend wake up at 5:30 and go to sleep at 10:30, and must complete a physical training and get uniform inspections every day. Near the end of the academy, students participate in an inspection test, a physical fitness test (including a three mile run), and an academic test. Then, the students graduate if they passed all of the test and earn a silver cord for their uniform as a reward.        

 

By: Corey Hazard

 

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Lake Howell Pep Rally

Lake Howell High School pep rallies aren’t like your average high schools. At Lake Howell, we have so much spirit that at every pep rally, each class participates in a competition to see who can show the most spirit, because when it comes to spirit, no other school can even come close! The class of 2019, which totals just under 600 students, is Lake Howell’s prestigious senior class, the largest one this year. This class comes to the pep rallies and games, and especially the football games, with so much enthusiasm and excitement. The class of 2020 is catching up, though–being the second largest class, they have big shoes to fill, especially when you consider that last year, the class of 2019, who were juniors at the time, won the spirit stick for the year. The spirit stick is a trophy handed to the class with the most spirit during the pep rallies.

 

The last pep rally Lake Howell had was a close call, but of course, that didn’t stop the class of 2019 from taking the spirit stick home. Each class gets their turn at the pep rally to try to prove that they have the most school spirit, and every pep rally begins with the freshmen and ends with the seniors for maximum hype. It’s tradition to “boo” the freshmen when they’re introduced, and at the latest pep rally, the juniors and seniors nearly had more “boos” to yell for the freshmen than they had spirit for their own class! On that Friday, there was a text sent out that stated the school’s principal, Mr. Kotkin, was going to give the spirit stick to the juniors, which caused quite a stir and made the pep rally much more thrilling for the underclassmen. When the pep rally began, Kotkin walked into the pep rally with a class of 2020 shirt. This almost made the seniors certain that they weren’t getting the spirit stick, but of course, the class of 2019 never gives up. In fact, the class of 2019 ended up winning the spirit stick because the commitment they showed to their class couldn’t be compared to any other.

 

Keep up the good work, class of 2019, and better luck next year to the class of 2020.

 

By: Madison Moore