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Cadets sail aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Sawfish

Two for two.  
Nease wins Terry Parker Drill Meet Championship.
Following a successful Mandarin Drill Meet championship, the team defended it's title at Terry Parker -- marking the 6th consecutive victory at this event.  

Drill Team opens season with Mandarin Championship
The varsity Drill team opened the 2018-2019 season winning the Mandarin Sanctioned Drill Meet on 17 NOV.  This marks the the 6th consecutive championship at Mandarin dating back to 2013.  The team claimed 1st place in 11 of the 14 events.  Next Up -- Terry Parker on 15 DEC.

119 promoted at fall Promotions & Awards ceremony

NS1s victorious at McFarland NS1 Drill Meet
Ponte Vedra -- Nease entered two teams into the fall (first year cadets) drill meet on October 20, competing against 8 other programs.  The Nease Green team took home 1st place overall and the Nease Gold team captured 2nd overall.

Nease wins Middleburg Pentathlon
Ponte Vedra -- Nease's top athletes competed at the Middleburg Pentathlon championship on September 15, and captured their 3rd consecutive championship.  Nease A took ist while Nease B took 3rd place overall.  

Nease NJROTC --- #1 (again)
NJROTC was just named by the Area-12 Manager as the Most Outstanding Unit in Area-12 for 2018.  During the year, Nease won multiple championships including the Ed White Drill Meet, Mandarin Drill Meet, Terry Parker Drill Meet, Area-12 Drill Championships, Middleburg Pentathlon and Lee Ultimate Challenge.  Also, 7 cadets from this year's senior class received Service Academy or ROTC Scholarships.
Nease was the #1 unit in Area-12 for five consecutive years from 2012-2016.
Nease was also the Most Outstanding Unit in the Nation in 2015.

Outgoing Battalion Commander Arbelyn Short and incoming 
CO Erin Sass celebrate Nease's Most Outstanding Unit award.

Nease wins 2018 Area-12 Drill Championship for 4th consecutive year
Nease NJROTC won it's 4th consecutive Area-12 Drill Championship on March 3, 2018 in Douglas, GA, defeating the 16 best drill teams in the state of Georgia and Northern Florida. Nease finished first in Personnel Inspection, Overall Drill, Armed Exhibition Drill and Unarmed Exhibition Drill.  The team will next travel to the National Championships in Pensacola on Arpil 6-7.

Nease wins Lee Ultimate Frisbee Challenge for 3rd consecutive year.

Nease wins Middleburg Pentathlon for 2nd consecutive year.

Nease wins Terry Parker Drill Meet Championship for 5th consecutive year

U.S. Navy inspects Nease NJROTC program
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JROTC wins Mandarin Drill Championship for 5th consecutive year
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Sign up for November ASVAB
All 10th-12th graders should register online for the November 9th AVAB. ASVAB Signup Page:


NS1s victorious at Ed White Drill Championship
Nease kicked off its 2018-18 drill season opener taking home the overall championship at the NS1 Ed White Drill Meet on Septmber 30.  The team claimed 1st place in Academics, Armed Basic and the 8x220 Relay; and 2nd place in Personnel Inspection, Unarmed Basic and 16x100 Relay.  Nease's next drill meet is the varsity Sanctioned Drill Meet at Mandarin HS on November 18.

Cadet Leadership team tours Coast Guard Air Station Savannah
Nease's 16 Leadership Academy graduates travelled to Savannah August 2-3 to hold a planning and goal setting conference to prepare the cadet corps for the 2017-2018 school year.  The team first toured Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, then used the Coast Guard's training room to hold its conference.  The team wrapped up its trip with some beach volleyball on Tybee Island before returning home.

9 Graduate from Leadership Academy

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JROTC Drill team performs live on News 4 Jax

JROTC hosts Military Signing Day

            Nease NJROTC hosted its National Military Signing Day for its graduating seniors receiving appointments to the Unites States Service Academies or full ROTC scholarships at public universities on April 25.

            Six cadets signed letters of intent during a formal ceremony held on campus and attended by family, teachers and classmates.

            The six appointments/scholarships are as follows:

            Dane Barber of Ponte Vedra, received a full Navy ROTC scholarship to the University of Colorado.

Ryan Berry of St. Johns, received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy.

Christopher Berta of Ponte Vera, received a full Navy ROTC scholarship to the University of Auburn.

Jaysa Ligon of St. Augustine, received a full Army scholarship to the University of Alabama.

Brian Swicegood of St. Augustine, received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy.

Cali Vaughn of St. Augustine, received a full Marine Corps ROTC scholarship to the University of Auburn.


Nease places 8th at National Drill Championships 

 APRIL 9 -- JROTC competed at the Navy National Drill Championships for the 3rd consecutive year, taking home 8th place out of the 25 best drill programs in the country.
    The team took home trophies in several individual events:
        2nd place in the 8 x 220 Relays
        4th place in the 16 x 100 Relays
        5th place in Academics

The team's 8 x 220 Relay time was a school record for the Nease NJROTC program.  

Batallion Commander Jacob Hunt receives an award 
from RADM Michael S. White.

Drill Team wins 3rd consecutive Area 12 Drill Championship

For the third consecutive year, Nease NJROTC won the Area 12 Drill Championships on March 4 in Douglas, Georgia, besting the top 16 programs in northern Florida and the state of Georgia and thus earning an automatic invitation to next month’s Navy National Drill Championships.  

Last year, Nease placed 6th overall at the National Drill Championships.

Fifty-nine NJROTC programs within Area-12 competed at local drill meets during the fall and winter, with the top 16 teams advancing to the Area 12 Championships.

 “This title serves as a reminder that hard work and perseverance pays off,” Naval Science Instructor Gunnery Sergeant Duane Hanson said.  “We competed against some incredibly talented schools during the competition.”

 The drill competition is a compilation of events covering marching drill, academics, and athletics.  Nease placed first in Color Guard and Armed Basic Drill; second in Personnel Inspection, Overall Drill, Overall Athletics and Pushups; and third in Unarmed Exhibition Drill, Academics, Sit-ups and 8 x 220 Relay.

Several cadets received individual medals for top performances.  Erin Sass was 1st overall in Pushups; and Cali Vaughn, Lilly Short and Erin Sass finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in Sit-Ups.

 “Having won the Area 12 Championships the past two years, we felt a lot of pressure to perform as well this year,” said cadet Battalion Commander Jacob Hunt.  “We’ve got a close-knit group and really wanted another shot for a national title.”

 Nease will now travel to the Navy Nationals at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida competing against the best 25 NJROTC units in the nation on April 7-8

Photo: Cadet Lucas Pels receives the 1st Place trophy for Color Guard from Area 12 Manager Commander Rustie Hibbard. 

JAN 24 -- Nease NJROTC was featured on Jacksonville's NBC First Coast News this past week. To see the story, open or copy the attached link to your browser  http://www.firstcoastnews.com/sports/high-school/nease-j-r-o-t-c-finding-successful-futures/390564260

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Drill Team opens 2016-17 with Mandarin Championship
The varsity drill team picked up where it left off last year winning the Mandarin Sanctioned Drill Meet on 19 NOV 2016.  The team captured 10 of the 13 first place event trophies dominating in Drill, Athletics, Academics and Personnel Inspection.  The team will next compete in the Terry Parker Drill Meet on 10 DEC.

2016 ED White NS1 Drill Meet Champions

Congratulations to the NS1 Drill team for taking home 1st place overall in the Ed White Drill Meet on October 1.  In addition to 1st place overall, the team took 1st in Academics, Overall Drill, Armed Basic; 2nd in Color Guard and Personnel Inspection; and 3rd in Unarmed Basic.  Cadets Gostage, Harden, Hampton and Brooks took the top 4 scores in Academics.

2016 Middleburg Pentathlon Champions

Congratulations to our two teams competing in the Middleburg Pentathlon on September 24.  Nease won the day as Team A took home the championship and Team B took 2nd place overall.  Fourteen teams from across northern Florida competed in this athletic, academic, marksmanship and seamanship skills competition.  

Nease Team B members (Cadets Sass, Cimaglia, Blackford, Moorefield and Gatewood) compete in the Tire Flip competition.  The team beat the competition in this event, winning the event with a record time of 43 seconds. 

2016-2017          1st SEMESTER BATTALION STAFF

Battalion CO:                                  Berry

Battalion XO:                                  Moorefield, M

Battalion CMC:                               Vaughn

Operations:                                     Swicegood                            XO:     Rambo          

Logistics:                                        Barber, D                               XO:     Blackford, E

Administration:                               Cummings                             XO:     Gilmer

Supply:                                            Jacobi, I                                XO:     Meier

Teams Coordinator:                          Pels, L                                 XO:     Barber, T

Training:                                           Kleiber                                  XO:     Carlson

Public Affairs:                                  Oswald                                  XO:     Moorefield, H

Community Service:                        Hunt                                        XO:     Alexander, M

Awards and Promotions:                 Restrepo                                 XO:     Houston

Ordinance:                                       Hooks                                     XO:     Rose

1st Lieutenant:                                 Pagan                                    

Pitt Crew Commander:                   Matthews



 Armed Drill:                                  Davis                                      XO:     Mum

Unarmed Exhibition:                     Brown, S                                  XO:     Jacobi, V

Athletics:                                       Sass                                       XO:     Roldan

Academics:                                   Platt                                        XO:     Palumbo

Color Guard:                                 Mendenhall, R                          XO:     Pascuzzi

Orienteering:                                 DeRoven                                  XO:     Morgan

Air Rifle:                                        Zamuz                                     XO:     Jett, H

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 Congratulations to the new staff.  Now the work begins.



Parents, mark your calendar for Monday, August 22 at 6:30 pm for Nease NJROTC's Parent Night program.  For new parents, this is a terrific opportunity to come and learn everything you want to know about NJROTC.  The instructors and parent boosters and cadets will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Christian Meier NJROTC Memorial Scholarship

BACKGROUND.  The Christian Meier NJROTC Memorial Scholarship is in memory of Cadet Lieutenant Christian C. Meier who was a member of the Nease High School NJROTC program from 2013-2016.  Christian was an exceptional cadet in the NJROTC program.  He served with distinction as a Top 7 cadet, graduated from the prestigious Area-12 Leadership Academy, received the St. Johns County Character Counts award, participated on the championship varsity drill team and was recognized as the unit Sailor of the Quarter.  Christian had plans on pursuing a Navy ROTC scholarship and becoming a naval aviator.

PURPOSE:  To assist a high performing Nease NJROTC cadet with expenses for a two or four year college, university or vocational / technical school.

CRITERIA:  Cadets must be graduating seniors who participated in Nease NJROTC for at least 3 years. Cadets must have a demonstrated record of community service, volunteerism and high moral character.

AWARD:  The annual award will be presented each spring during the Nease NJROTC End of Year Awards Night program.


COMMEMORATIVE WRISTBANDS:  The unit is selling commemorative wristbands in the Nease colors of green & gold with Christian's name on one side and Soaring with the Angels on the other for $1.  Proceeds will go toward the memorial scholarship.

FINANCIAL DONATIONS:  Check donations to the scholarship should be made out to “INK”, with the Memo line to read Christian Meier Scholarship.

Mail to:  INK, 40 Orange Street, St. Augustine, FL  32084

INK (Investing for Kids) is a 501c(3) charitable organization.  INK will provide and mail tax receipt letters to all donors. 

Contact Donna Lueders at donna.lueders@stjohns.k12.fl.us or Captain LaRochelle for any questions.

2016 Basic Cadet Training - 25-29 July
All new and returning cadets registered for JROTC should have received a packet of forms in the mail on or about 10 June. These forms must be turned in before attending Basic Cadet Training.  To sign up for BCT, go to the Sign Up link on the Home Page, print out the BCT Permission Slip and email, fax or deliver the form back to JROTC.

Military Signing Day
Seniors Michael Begun (AROTC- Virginia Tech), Daniel Donovan (AFROTC - Florida), Michaela Heinrich (U.S. Coast Guard Academy), Nolan Alexander (NROTC - Embry Riddle), Marcus Sanders (U.S. Naval Academy Prep School) and Zach Yearwood (NROTC - South Carolina) celebrate after the April 26 signing day ceremony.

Clay NS1/2 Brain Brawl Champions

Avenging last year's heartbreaking sudden death loss, the Nease NS1/2 Brain Brawl team won the Clay HS Brain Brawl championship over 20 teams on April 23.  Similar to last year, the team was forced into sudden death overtime against Terry Parker and South Effingham high schools for an exciting down-to-the-wire finish.

Area -12 Drill Champions -  back to back
For the second year in a row, Nease NJROTC has laid claim as the Area 12 Drill Champions, after an all-around impressive demonstration of drill, athletics and academics at the Area 12 Drill Championships held in Coffee County, Georgia last weekend.  The team placed among the top 4 in each of the 11 competition categories taking 1st in Personnel Inspection, Armed Basic Drill and Armed Exhibition Drill; 2nd in Color Guard and Unarmed Exhibition Drill; 3rd in Push Ups, Sit Ups, 16 x 100 relay and 8 x 220 Relay; and 4th in Academics and Unarmed Basic Drill.

With the win, the team now packs its bags and will head to Pensacola, FL for the Navy National Drill Championships on April 1-2 against the top 25 schools from around the country. Nease finished 6th at Nationals last year. 

Nursing Home Community Service

NJROTC cadets visit the Glenmoor Nursing Home at World Golf Village monthly as part of the unit's overall community service program. Nease completes more than 5000 hours of community service per year.   

23rd Annual Navy Ball
NJROTC held its 23rd Annual Navy Ball on February 27 at the Renaissance Hotel in World Golf Village. 270 cadets, dates, parents and friends of the program enjoyed an evening of military tradition & ceremony, followed by a fun night of dance. RADM Thomas Jones the Deputy for Mission Support at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters was the keynote speaker and guest of honor. 

The military traditions celebrated included formal receiving line, POW/MIA tribute, presentation of ceremonial cake, sword arch to graduating seniors, and coronation of the royal court.

Cadets Whitman, DeRoven, McDonough and Gilmer present the 
ceremonial cake under the direction of Gunnery Sergeant Hanson.

Cadet Matthews Catalano proceeds through the senior sword arch.

Drill Team takes 3rd at Florida A&M Drill Meet
The drill team traveled to Tallahassee to compete against 16 NJROTC schools from Area 7, Area 8 and Area 12 on January 30.  The team captured 12 trophies overall including 1st place in Unarmed Exhibition.  This was Unarmed Exhibition's second consecutive 1st place finish as the team also took home top honors at Terry Parker Drill Meet in December.  Of note, the team won its (quite possibly) first ever Spirit Award at the meet -- highlighted by the mascot's competitive showing during the Knockout Drill!  The team next travels to Coffee County on March 12 for the Area 12 Championships with a berth at the Navy Nationals on the line.
Cadet Moorefield receives the coveted Spirit Award

Academic Team victorious at Middleburg Brain Brawl
With one last opportunity to qualify for the Area 12 Brain Brawl Championships in March, the two Nease NJROTC Brain Brawl teams came out guns a' blazing at the 16-team Middleburg Brain Brawl on 16 JAN -- taking home 1st and 4th place, as such both teams are now qualified for the Area 12 championships.
Nease's first 1st place Brain Brawl victory since 2009

Varsity Drill Team wins second 2015 meet
Continuing its hot start to the 2015-2016 drill competition year, the drill team was victorious at the Terry Parker Drill Meet on 12 DEC 2015.  The team dominated in nearly all of the individual drill areas, taking first place in Personnel Inspection, Academics, Athletics and 2nd in Drill. The team has now qualified for the Area 12 Drill Championships in Georgia on March 12, 2016. 

Nease varsity drill team wins first 2015 meet

Congratulations to the drill team for its impressive win at the Mandarin Sanctioned Drill Meet on 21 November.  The team took 1st place in Personnel Inspection, Academics, Color Guard, Armed Basic, Armed Exhibition, Push Ups, Sit Ups and Athletics. The team also placed top 3 in Unarmed Exhibition, 16 x 100 relay and 8 x 220 relay.

Nease opens 2015-16 drill season with 1st place at Ed White

Congratulations to the NS1s for winning the Ed White Drill Meet on October 10.  In addition to winning 1st place overall, the team took 1st place in Personnel Inspection, Academics and Unarmed Basic; 2nd place in the 16 x 100 relay; and 3rd place in Color Guard.  NS1 cadets Meier, Blackford and Burky received individual medals for Academics. 

On May 19, 2015 Rear Admiral Richard A. Brown, Commander of Naval Service Training Command announced that Nease NJROTC was selected as the Most Outstanding (Best) Unit in the nation for 2015.

Nease NJROTC is #1 in the nation 2015 !

St. Augustine Navy League presents Most Outstanding Unit in Nation trophies

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Competition Results and Current Events 2015
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