CHS NJROTC Places in Multiple Competitions Across the Country


Madison Conner, Editor

This year, Calvert High School’s NJROTC unit has successfully represented CHS at competitions across the country. The unit qualified for and competed at the national championships for air rifle, orienteering, academics, drill, and athletics.  

Air Rifle 

Calvert placed second at the regional championship level and were recognized in the top ten nationally. They then received an invitation to compete in the National Service Championship match in Anniston, AL. Team Commander, sophomore Emma Doyle, lead the team as they qualified in Anniston to compete at the highest level, “ALL Service” National Championship match at Camp Perry, Ohio. This competition included the top seven teams from Navy, Air Force, Marine, and Army JROTC Units.  

Senior Cadet Cody Moore was awarded his Junior Distinguished Air Rifle Badge in Ohio, as the first cadet to receive this award in over 13 years at CHS. Calvert concluded the Camp Perry competition and placed 20 in the nation out of several thousand JROTC units nationally.  


CHS hosted the Area Five Regional Championship for orienteering where they placed third. The top three placements from this competition were invited to compete at the Navy National Orienteering Championship in San Jose, CA.  

Senior Cadet Austin Giggey, team commander, lead his team as they competed for two days in California. The team placed seventh overall, on the varsity and junior varsity levels collectively, in the nation out of 588 Navy JROTC units. The varsity team alone placed fifth in the nation.  

Academics, Drill, and Athletic 

The Drill Team, led by commander junior cadet David Gray, Academic team, led by Matthew Jiang, and Athletic team, led by senior Luke Rannacher, competed at the Area Five Regional Championship where they placed third out of 58 units, and qualified to compete at “The Navy Nationals” in Pensacola, FL. 

In Pensacola, Cadet Gray’s Armed Exhibition Team placed second in the nation and the overall. Calvert Drill, Academic, and Athletic Team placed 10 in the nation out of 588 Navy units. Calvert has not qualified for Nationals in Pensacola since 2011, so this award was very special to the unit this year.  

“Chief Peck and I are extremely proud of their accomplishments,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Williams, USMC Ret. “They were able to rebound from the COVID restrictions and make it to the highest levels of competition in multiple categories.”  

Each team worked diligently to hone their skills to reach this level of achievement and represent Calvert High School. They look forward to continuing their successes in the 2022-2023 school year.