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Bixby MCJROTC Earns Top Honors at State Drill Championship

By | 10th Marine Regiment | April 14, 2017


BIXBY — The instructor of a group of Marine Corps Junior ROTC cadets knows how many hours of hard work and effort his students put into the program.

So it didn’t come as a complete shock when the Bixby High School team won the first-ever overall state drills championship in Oklahoma City last Saturday.

“I know how my cadets perform and I know the dedication, time and effort they put into it, so we always go into a competition expecting to do very well,” said Drew Pate, instructor of the school’s Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps drill team.

“I was a little surprised that we won first place in so many events — and of course the overall state championship — but at the end of the day, I went into it knowing that they could pull it off if they did everything they’ve worked for and how they’ve practiced it,” Pate said.

The team of 40 cadets beat 11 state schools to take top honors in both the armed and unarmed divisions to clinch the title. They also won four of the eight individual events that take place in each division. Last weekend marked the first time the state competition was held.

Link to the article in Tulsa World:  http://m.tulsaworld.com/news/local/bixby-marine-corps-jr-rotc-earns-top-honors-at-first/article_7a8a0824-4911-5d99-82c7-3714ef51842d.html?mode=jqm