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CMA Blackjacks win first national drill competition
CMA Drill Team
The newly formed Camden Blackjacks rifle drill team brought home nine trophies from a national drill competition in Richmond, Va., March 24. Among the awards were three first-place trophies, including first place overall as national champions. The team and its advisors include (kneeling, left to right) Kris Strain, Michael Hanlon, (standing, first row) Sgt. First Class Ray Brown (advisor), William Bradley, Cameron Carr, Griffin Bach-Davis, Nicholas Hillesheim, Thomas Azrelyant, Beau Oswald, Company Sgt. Major Othel Terrell (advisor), (back row) Anthony Brown, Cooper Halabi, Nathaniel Hanlon and Charles Kloetzli. - photo by Provided by CMA
For a newly formed drill team, the Camden Military Academy (CMA) Blackjacks Pershing rifle drill team is quickly rising to the top. In November 2014, it became the first-ever high school Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) unit to lay a wreath at U.S. Gen. John Joseph “Black Jack” Pershing’s grave at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, D.C. On March 14, the team traveled to Richmond, Va., to compete in its first national drill competition -- and took first place honors, making them the overall national Blackjacks drill team champions. In addition to the top prize, CMA Blackjacks team member Anthony Brown took first place in the Individual Exhibition category.