Harlingen High School JROTC to compete in drill team championship

January 16, 2019

HARLINGEN —They’ve been training since last summer: six days a week before school, after school and on the weekend, while balancing homework and other extracurricular activities.

About 45 members of the Harlingen High School Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps are set to compete in the Fifth Brigade JROTC Drill Championships on Jan. 26 in San Antonio.

Both of Harlingen High School’s JROTC male and female drill teams will complete in four phases of the competition, such as color guard and drill, platoon drill and ceremonies, platoon inspection and platoon exhibition.

According to Harlingen High School Senior Army Instructor Master Sergeant Juan Gonzales, they’re the only teams from the Valley that compete in the drill competition.

Gonzales hopes both teams receive a “Top 10” rating to advance to the US Army Drill Nationals in Richmond, Virginia, on March 30.

“ The students have been training hard for this competition,” Gonzales said. “They’re excited and pushing each other to both make it to Virginia for the first time in history.”

Veterans from the Harlingen High School Multi-Class Reunion Group from classes 1960 through 1975 presented a $500 donation to the HHS JROTC last November during a Veteran’s Day Ceremony.

The donation will be used toward uniform items for the fifth Brigade JROTC Drill Championships.

“ We are all deeply grateful to the Harlingen High School Multi-Class Reunion Group for making this transformative gift in support of the Harlingen High School Reserve Officer’s Training Corps. Program,” Gonzales said. “This gift is one of several to the Harlingen High School JROTC program from the committee, who are known for giving back to youth, education and their alma maters.”