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Drill Team Advances to National Competition for Fifth Consecutive Year

posted Apr 28, 2013, 4:16 PM by William Hrinko   [ updated Apr 28, 2013, 4:20 PM ]
051 Drill Team wins 2013 GLR Cadet Competition

For for the fifth year in a row, the drill team of the Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol has won the Great Lakes Region Cadet Competition held at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, IL, April 6-7.  The team earned this year’s trip to the Region Competition after retaining their title as top Civil Air Patrol Drill Team in Ohio for the tenth consecutive year.  At the region level, they competed against the best teams from Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Youngstown earned first place in six out of seven events and took home every individual award. The First Place Finish earns them a return trip to the National Cadet Competition later this summer.


The Drill Team Competition consists of in-ranks inspection, standard drill, innovative drill, a written examination, panel quiz, volleyball tournament, and mile run.  Each event tests the cadets skill and resiliency in the core competencies of the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program with equal emphasis of physical ability, academics, and character.


Coached by Civil Air Patrol Major William Hrinko, Jr. and First Lieutenant Diana Beatty, the team has been training for the past four months to earn their spot as the best team in the region.  Team members are team commander Nathaniel Forrider (Leetonia), Megan Beatty (Austintown), Vanessa Betz (Greenville), Matthew Chamberlain (Wellsville), Emily Conroy (Canfield), Caleb Durfee (Salem), Christian Durfee (Salem), Michael Gentile (Niles), Brian Haight (Salem), Brian Hunter, Jr. (Brookfield), Aubry Lindauer (McDonald), Ethan Lint (Cortland), Cyrel Newcome (Salem), and Connor O’Kane (Poland).


In addition to the team events, awards are given to the individual top scorers on the Written Exam and Mile Run out of the field of 56 competitors.  Nathaniel Forrider received highest Written Exam Score while Vanessa Betz and Brian Haight received the female and male Fleetfoot Awards respectively for the fastest mile run times.  Haight also received the award for the fastest Mile Run time at the Ohio Wing Cadet Competition in March where the team swept first place in every event.  As an added surprise, aviation pioneer Mary Feik was on hand to present the team with their awards.


Now that they have won the at the Region level, they will advance to the National Cadet Competition in Dayton, OH on July 17-20 where they will compete against the best teams from each of the other seven Civil Air Patrol Regions.  Last summer the Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron Team finished an extremely close second place in the Nation with Texas taking first place.  The team has high hopes for this year but know that the competition will be tough.  “It is an honor for us to represent our Region and the state of Ohio for the fifth year in a row.  Especially since the National Competition is in our home state this year and we were so close to first place last time, we have a lot to prove.  Our cadets have worked very hard over the past few months and will be sticking to it through July.  Their sights are set and they will do their best.” said team coach Hrinko.

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