Islander Pride Displayed as NJROTC Performs Successfully at Annual Pass-In-Review

Posted by: Jeffrey Felix 1 year, 8 months ago

Islander Pride Displayed as NJROTC Performs Successfully at Annual Pass-In-Review

Anyone walking by the football field on Tuesday (FEB 16th) must have thought that a military marching team was visiting, because of all the flags and the parade music. You could see swords flashing in the sunlight, and hear Platoon Commanders calling cadence. Yet this wasn’t a visiting marching team – it was Coronado High School’s NJROTC Islander Company, performing their annual Pass-In-Review parade.

All high school NJROTC units are inspected once a year by the Regional Commander. The culminating event of that inspection is the Pass-In-Review parade – which is enjoyed by parents, families, and friends – but which is evaluated as part of the annual inspection. This year’s parade earned high praise from CDR Liles (the senior inspector). He was particularly pleased with the large number of students who were publically recognized for earning NJROTC promotions (Casey Villamor, Bailey McLaren, Nicholas Dunn, Jack Wang, Alexis Culver, Mitch Mulvehill, Kate Buzby, Cole Harrison, Leah Schroeder, Gabrielle Taylor). There was also a special recognition for Alaina Christie, who received the NJROTC Meritorious Achievement Ribbon for her outstanding performance throughout the first semester.

The parade was narrated (and coordinated) by Sam Davies, a graduating senior who has been selected for an NROTC scholarship to Marquette University. NJROTC gives seniors the opportunity to display leadership abilities as they perform duties associated with their staff position. Islander Companies actions on the field were directed by the student Commanding Officer, Carson Ricks. And you could easily hear the booming voice of the student Executive Officer, Ahmad Xallen, as he issued the commands to execute the movements of nearly 100 students on the field. All students were rewarded for their superb marching skills (on a hot field) by a parent-provided Dessert Pot-Luck - - wrapping up a very successful annual NJROTC inspection.