(San Jacinto High School’s AFJROTC)
San Jacinto Unified School District’s San Jacinto High School will be hosting 17 Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) units at their annual Color Guard Meet on Saturday, February 1, 2020, beginning at 8:00 a.m. The competition will be held in San Jacinto High’s gymnasium, 500 Idyllwild Drive, San Jacinto, CA 92583, featuring Junior Varsity and Varsity Color Guard event categories with U.S. Army Reserve Drill Sargent judges from Riverside County.
“We are very proud to host this event,” explained SJHS Principal Courtney Hall. “The strength of our program is reflected in our instructors Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Michael B. Howard, Senior Master Sergeant (Retired) Richard J. DeMarti, and Senior Master Sergeant (Retired) Troy L. Loar,” she said.
Since the competition is organized and sponsored by the school’s AFJROTC cadets and staff, their unit does not compete against the visiting school teams.
“We enjoy having parents and community members be a part of the audience during the meet,” explained SMSgt Richard DeMarti. “There is no charge to attend, and we have our concession stand open to help raise additional funds for new uniforms and gloves,” he noted.
San Jacinto High’s AFJROTC unit was established in 2001. Their unit earned an overall assessment score of “Exceeds Standards,” the highest rating attainable during their evaluation on October 28, 2019, by the Headquarters AFJROTC under the U.S. Air Force.
A significant student advantage of selecting the AFJROTC learning pathway is earning a certificate of training or a certificate of completion after two-three successful years in the program, which means advanced rank (and pay) if enlisting in the armed forces after graduation. Cadets serving as an officer in the program have an advantage when competing for appointments to service academies and when applying for ROTC scholarships to colleges and universities. For more information about the San Jacinto High AFJROTC program, please contact Col. Howard at (951) 654-7374 or [email protected]
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