By Mary Waggoner, Everett School District Director of Communications.
Hours and hours of practice, motivated by determination, passion and perseverance, pay off!
The Everett High School’s NJROTC Color Guard Team One competed in the NW Regional Drill Championships in Oak Harbor and won the championship on March 19, 2014. They competed against twenty-three other schools (Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force) from Oregon and western Washington.
Everett High School has one of the few all-girl color guard teams and includes: Susanna Komp, Kelsey Southwick, Cerna Tarpley and Sammy Durr.
“Additionally, Sammy Durr and Henrick Kiaer competed in Unarmed Drill Down against nearly 70 other cadets,” said Commander Rick Gile. In this event, cadets respond to drill orders and are judged by their precision in executing them. Any mistake, however slight, takes them out of the competition. The event goes on until only one is left standing.
“This year two of the three left standing were Everett’s own Sammy Durr, who earned a gold medal, and Henrick Kiaer, who earned a bronze medal. Very cool – two Everett cadets made it to the end,” said Gile.
“As proud as I am with their achievements, I must also say how proud I am of Everett cadets’ sportsmanship!” continued Gile.
“While competing in a physical fitness event, the team we were competing against did not have enough of their own cadets to hold feet for sit-ups. The judges solicited the crowd for volunteers and Everett Cadets jumped in to help the other team! Also, out on the track, as Everett runners finished, they ran back down the track to genuinely cheer on the other team’s runners,” said Gile.
“I overheard comments from spectators saying they rarely see sportsmanship like this at drill competition,” said Gile.