Crestwood High JROTC Unit 873 continues to excel


Crestwood High School JROTC Unit 873 continues to excel. Under the leadership of retired Master Sgt. Eric Avery, Senior Aerospace Science instructor, and retired Master Sgt. Michael Selle, Aerospace Science instructor, Crestwood's Drill Team had an exceptional year. The unit's cadets are committed and dedicated to excellence under the leadership of Group Commander Cadet Col. Breanna English, Deputy Group Commander Cadet Lt. Col. Tyer Berry and Drill Team Commander Cadet Lt. Col. Hayden Berry.

During the 2023-24 school year, Crestwood's JROTC Drill Team was a force to be reckoned with. The first drill competition of the year, known as the Tiger Drill Meet, was held at Conway High School. Crestwood competed against nine JROTC units from schools across the state, and they received 10 trophies, including first place in regulation squad armed competition, first place in exhibition squad unarmed, second place in regulation color guard and more. Most significant was their first-place overall win for the entire meet.

Tiger Drill Meet

- Overall - first

- Exhibition Squad Unarmed - first

- Regulation Platoon Armed - third

- Regulation Squad Unarmed - first

- Regulation Color Guard - second

- Freshman Regulation Unarmed - third

- Exhibition Platoon Armed - second

- Exhibition Squad Armed - second

- Exhibition Platoon Unarmed - first

- Regulation Squad Armed - first

Next, the Crestwood High School JROTC Drill Team traveled to the Low Country Drill Meet hosted at Charleston Southern University. While competing against nine other JROTC Drill Teams, they received eight trophies and received the First Place Overall Trophy, repeating their first place overall at the same drill meet during last year's competition season.

Low Country Drill Meet

- Overall - first

- Exhibition Armed Individual - first

- Armed Platoon Exhibition - second

- Armed Squad Exhibition - third

- Unarmed Squad Exhibition - third

- Unarmed Duet Exhibition - third

- Unarmed Platoon Exhibition - first

- Armed Duet Exhibition - first

Finally, the Top Gun State Drill Competition was hosted at McEntire Air Force Base in Columbia. Top Gun is one of the largest drill meets in South Carolina, and the Overall First Place winning team earns the Governor's Trophy. Crestwood's drill team once again did an exceptional job, finishing Second Place Overall. They competed against 15 schools and received eight trophies.

Top Gun State Drill Competition

- Overall - second

- Exhibition Armed Individual - first

- Exhibition Squad Unarmed - third

- Regulation Platoon Armed - second

- Exhibition Squad Armed - third

- Regulation Platoon Unarmed - third

- Exhibition Platoon Unarmed - second

- Exhibition Platoon Armed - second