EPISD JROTC students on February 26 competed at the Annual Bluebonnet Drill and Military Skills Meet in Houston, bringing home six team and 14 individual awards.
Austin and Chapin JROTC Air Rifle Marksmanship teams and Franklin JROTC Armed and Burges Unarmed drill teams were among the 37 different teams participating in air rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed drill categories.
“Competition was intense,” said LTC Victor Diaz, EPISD’s JROTC Facilitator. “Our JROTC teams performed in an outstanding manner and represented EPISD in a very professional fashion.”
Austin and Chapin won first and second place overall, respectively. Austin individual team member Julian Beltran won second place individual prone and kneeling, third individual standing and second place high individual overall.
Isabel Beltran won first place individual prone and third place individual overall, and David Beltran won third place individual kneeling.
Chapin cadet Ricardo Lopez won first place high individual overall, first place individual standing and kneeling; Dustie Shiprak won second place individual standing; and Noah Perales won third place individual prone.
Burges JROTC unarmed drill team commander, Mayra Villalobos, won first place best team commander, while the team was judged third place team overall, first place regulation, and third place exhibition. The Franklin armed team was judged third place overall, and first place in exhibition drill.
EPISD swept all the awards for the precision air rifle marksmanship competition.
“All of the teams wins were truly a team effort where all team members contributed to the overall outcomes,” Diaz said. “These cadets lived up to EPISD’s standard of excellence.”