Strom Thurmond High School NJROTC


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30 April 2018. Parents, family members, friends, educators, Principal of Strom Thurmond High School, Mr. Black, Superintendent of Edgefield County, Dr. Maddox and many other special guests were in attendance for the annual Strom Thurmond High School Awards Ceremony. The event was held at the school gymnasium and the instructors, veterans, and many civic leaders presented various types of awards to some very deserving NJROTC Rebel Cadets. Many of the Cadets were also presented with unit awards. The Cadets were very proud of their contributions towards another great year of NJROTC. Congratulations to all, job well done!

Awards Night

Run United Aiken

28 April 2018. (19) Members of the NJROTC Rebel Cadets supported the Half Marathon, 5K, Kids Fun Run - Race United in Aiken, SC.  They manned various positions that included directing runners, handing out water/Gatorade, while cheering and motivating runners on the course. The success of the races was linked to the efforts of the many volunteers who contributed their time and in particular our cadets. Good luck to all participants and job well done by our cadets.

15 April 2018. The NJROTC Rebel Cadets Seaperch team participated in their first competition sponsored by Midland Valley High School at the YMCA in Aiken, SC. They were the overall winner as they took first place finished between five teams that competed in the event. It was a great experience for the team members Cadet J. Polatty, team captain; Cadet William, Cadet Bird, Cadet Mathis and Cadet Gallagher. The team was led by Ms. Ashley Lyon, a teacher from the Science Dept, at Strom Thurmond H.S. We appreciate her fervent support and want to congratulate them all for a job  well done! 

rebel Cadets Seaperch Team Members - Overall winner

Maneuvering through rings course

Race event

Ring and Loop Obstacles race

12 April 2018. Two members of the NJROTC Rebel Cadets attended a meeting at the Marine Corps League at Holy Trinity Church in North Augusta were they were acknowledged for their academic and leadership performance in the unit. The Senior Cadet N. Ralphs is the recipient of a $1,000.00 scholarship that will be presented to the cadet during  Awards night, the Junior Cadet, I. Romero received the leadership award, which will also be presented  during awards night. The cadets were accompanied by their families Ms. Torres, Krista, and Mr. Ralph who on behalf of the families, thanks the League for supporting the program. Kudos to both cadets. 

Rebel Cadets at MC League meeting

23 March 2018. The Strom Thurmond High School Color Guard Rebel Cadets presented colors during Special Olympics day; an event that highlighted sports for children with intellectual disabilities. The children had an opportunity to participate in many physical activities as they demonstrate their various physical fitness skills, gifts, talents and courage they possess.  The color guard detail from left to right included the following Cadets: Reville, Polatty, Richardson, and Romero.

NJROTC Rebel Cadets Color Guard - Special Olympics

16 March 2018. 15 members of the NJROTC Rebel Cadets participated in their fourth and last adopt-a-highway cleanup for the year as they collected trash on hwy 23. They continued to make a difference by giving up their time and also by making a difference in their school and community.  Kudos to all who participated, job well done. 

Adopt a Hwy

15 March 2018. The Rebel Air Rifle Team traveled to North Augusta to compete in the Junior Olympics at North Augusta High School. The Rebel Cadets took 6th place and wrapped up the year for marksmanship team competition. The highest team shooter for the unit was Cadet Arbaugh, she received a medal and a silver pin, the other members of the team each received a pin for their respective scores (2 silver and 1 bronze). Congratulations to all, Team Captain E. Bird, C. Arbaugh, C. Tapia, and A. Widner). Job well done.

NJROTC Rebel Cadets Marksmanship Team - Olympics Meet

4 March 2018. The NJROTC Rebel Cadets drill team attended Upstate Regional Drill Championships at Anderson, SC.  Twenty three schools participated in armed and  unarmed drill competitions and at the end of 11 different events the Rebel Drill Team took third place overall in exhibition. Their placement in other categories was as followed: 2nd place in exhibition armed, 2nd in exhibition duet armed, and 2nd in exhibition open ranks; 3rd place in regulations platoon arms, and overall 3rd place in exhibition. Congratulations to all participants. Job well done! 

Drill Team Trophies from Upstate Regional Drill Competitions

Unarmed at URDC, Anderson SC

Armed Drill URDC at Anderson, SC

1 March 2018. The Rebel NJROTC cadets held their Personnel Inspection and Pass-in-Review Ceremony in front of CDR Fenton, Navy Information Operations Command Georgia (NIOC), as our guest speaker and Inspector from Fort Gordon, GA. In attendance were: Mr. Louis Scott, Assistant Principal of Strom Thurmond High School, Mr. Campbell, Member of Edgefield County District Board, Chief Warrant Officer Fervil, Senior Naval Science Instructor and NC1 Face, Naval Science Instructor. Several of the Cadets' family members attended along with Strom Thurmond High School Band and the Strom Thurmond High School Concert Choir.  Both performed and entertained the audience with patriotic songs under the direction of both directors Mr. Craig and Mr. McKinney. (12) of our cadets received awards, the Unit Drill team performed two of their routines, the Company of Cadets marched in front of the reviewing officer, and the ceremony concluded with the flag detail presenting a flag to Coach Rouse who has been a strong supporter of the unit for the past twelve years.

NJROTC Pass-in-Review Ceremony

Rebel Cadets - Unarmed Drill

Rebel Cadets - Armed Drill

10-13 January 2018. Twenty-three NJROTC Rebel Cadets participated in an overnight orientation trip to Parris Island, SC to explore how cadets live and train. The cadets participated in light training, ate, slept in the barracks and had the opportunity to visit the PX. The Cadets enjoyed the time spent under the leadership of Drill Instructor Davis who was tasked to escort the unit during the tour. Very excited, many are looking forward to the next orientation trip.

Rebel Cadets - Parris Island

Sgt Davis - Mentoring Rebel Cadets

Rebel Cadets

10 January 2018. NJROTC Rebel Cadets are showcasing their knowledge of various Naval Science topics as they take the National Academic Exam commonly referred to as the NAE. The cadets are: Bird E, Richardson A, Mathis J, Strauss C, and Romero I.

Rebel Cadets taking the NAE

Toys for Tots

15 December 2017.  NJROTC Rebel Cadets supported the River Front Marines events - Toys for Tots. They participated in the rotational stand ups during the month of November and December, which took place at North Augusta Walmart on Sweetwater Road. The cadets who volunteered were Vasquez B., Grucela G., and Polatty J. Kudos to all for supporting such a remarkable event. Each year, the the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program collects new, unwrapped toys during the month of October, November and December, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community where the event took place. Rebel Cadets participants were pleased to be involved in this year event.

8 December 2017. NJROTC Rebel Air Rifle Team has successfully completed the season with a fifth place finished in the Area 4 qualifier/ Area Six/Aiken County Rifle League (ACRL) Championship match hosted by North Augusta High School. All team members received individual awards for their top performance. The highest team shooter was Cadet Arbaugh with a score of 478.Cadet Bird, Team Captain, is also recognized for holding the team top score average of 247  for the entire season. Job well done, cadets!

Rebel Rifle Team/Area Four/Six Qualifier

Rebel Air Rifle Team At North Augusta

3 December 2017. Several NJROTC Rebel Cadets mustered up to participate in the annual Edgefield Christmas parade. Holding the NJROTC banner are Cadets Clark and Boyd. Leading the way, the cadets marched their way from the old Regents Bank parking lot to the courthouse, showing off their ROTC pride and commitment to their unit. We thank our cadets for participating!

NJROTC Cadets leading the way in Edgefield Christmas Parade

NJROTC Cadets - Edgefield Christmas Parade

21 November 2017.  The NRJOTC Rebel Cadet Leadership was invited to attend a Dining-In/Military Ball sponsored by North Augusta High School at the Marriott in Augusta, GA. It was an evening of fun and honored customs and traditions. The Unit XO, Cadet J. Mathis, played a duo character in a skit he prepared for the occasion. The evening concluded with a speech by the guest speaker,  RADM Dean Sackett, USN (Ret). Everyone in attendance enjoyed themselves and are looking forward to the next ball.

Military Ball/Dining-in Event

Leaders from various unit conversing during the Ball

18 November 2017. The NJROTC Rebel Cadets drill team attended their second meet of the season at Silver Bluff High School. Eight schools participated in activities that included armed, unarmed platoon and squad drill, color guard drill, athletics, academics, and air rifle postal. Every category received team and individual awards for performance. Rebel Drill, Athletic, and Marksmanship Team took home 8 trophies for the events they have competed. Congratulations to all participants. Job well done! Here is a brief snapshot of trophies and some key events captured.

Rebel Cadets with their trophies at Silver Bluff

Rebel Cadets - Drill Events

Rebel Cadets - Athletic Events

13 November 2017. NJROTC Cadets are sorting and grouping non-perishable food items donated by parents, students, staff, and teachers during our annual food drive. We are encouraged by the amount of items donated thus far, as we are looking forward to supersede past donations. Special thanks to "Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop," that paired with us to donate 20 of the 40 frozen turkeys we will be distributing to families in the surrounding areas of Edgefield county. Thank you to everyone  who participated thus far, we are less than a week away to distribution day. 

Cadets - Sorting and grouping items donated

NJROTC Cadets sorting food items donated

10 November 2017. Strom Thurmond High School hosted the annual Veterans’ Day ceremony honoring the veterans of all wars with VFW Post 6932.  More than 70 Veterans attended the ceremony to include one veteran from WWII. The Veterans received a warm welcome. The guest speaker for the event was CDR Stanley Dobbs, USN (ret), along with many other special guests: Representative William Clyburn, Josh Black, Principal of Strom Thurmond H.S., CDR Dwight E. Talbert of VFW, Col Michael Washington, USA (ret), Master of ceremony Mrs. Mary James, and many others. Opening remarks were made by Cadet Emily Bird, NJROTC unit Commander followed by additional remarks made by Mr. Black. Attention was later directed towards the POW/MIAs table, were Mrs. James read a vivid description of what each element on the table represented. The guest speaker, CDR Stanley Dobbs, gave a detailed and very moving speech in which he thanks all those who fought and died to defend our freedom. Patriotic music and songs were played by the Rebel Band and the Choir under the direction of both Directors, Mr. Craig, Band and Mr. McKinney, Choir. Many family members and friends of the veterans came to support their Edgefield County heroes. At the end of the event many of the Vietnam Veterans received a Lapel Pin to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. 

Veterans - Entering the Gymnasium

Color Guard - Presenting and Posting Colors

Veterans Day - Event

2 November 2017. The Strom Thurmond High School Color Guard Rebel Cadets "A", are presenting colors at the Blue Star Memorial Highway ceremony, a tribute to the Armed Forces honoring those who served this great Nation, Trenton, SC. From left to right are Cadets Reville, Polatty, Richardson, and Romero. 

Color Guard - Blue Star Memorial Hwy

Blue Star Memorial Highway Activities

20 November 2017. Congratulations to the Cadets of the First Quarter School Year (SY) 2017.  Our Sophomore was cadet Polatty Jazmin and Freshman nomination was cadet Boy Joseph. They were selected based on achievement, participation, service, and leadership abilities displayed during this period. Kudos to our nominees

Upper-Class / Cadet of the Quarter

Freshman - Cadet of the Quarter

14 October 2017. Some members of the NJROTC Rebel Cadets participated in a car wash to raise funds for the unit. This event was sponsored by the NJROTC Rebel Cadets Booster Club. Thanks to all the Cadets and the Booster Leadership for setting up this event. Job well done!

Fundraising event

14 October 2017. The NJROTC Rebel Cadets drill team attended their first meet of the season at Greenbrier High School. Fifteen schools participated in activities that included armed and unarmed, squad drill, athletics, academics and air rifle postal. Every category received team and individual awards for performance. Rebel Drill Team took 4 trophies in the following categories: Armed Squad, Armed Platoon, Tug-O-War, and Athletics. Congratulations to all participants. Job well done!

Rebels Drill Team - Greenbrier Meet


The Rebel Teams celebrating with their trophies after their meet at Greenbrier High School

Drill Team Events

Athletic Events

6 October 2017. The Strom Thurmond High School Color Guard Rebel Cadets "C" are ready to present colors at the homecoming game. From left to right are Cadets Grucela, Hudson, Bird and Fagan. 

"C" Color Guard at Homecoming Game

6 October 2017. Six members of the NJROTC Honor guard lined up for a picture after homecoming ceremony at the football field. From left to right are Cadets Dasher, Ralphs, Reville, Grucela, Fagan, and Romero. 

Honor Guard - Home Coming

5 October 2017. The Rebels Air Rifle Team traveled to Pelion and competed with Pelion Air Rifle Team, at Pelion HS, SC. The rifle team took second place. Cadet Arbaugh was the team highest shooter with a score of 246. The team consisted of Caylin Arbaugh, Cristiana Tapia, Fouche Gabrielle and Emily Bird, team Captain. 

Rebels Air Rifle Team at Pelion HS

29 September 2017. This Friday, 10 members of the NJROTC Rebel Cadets conducted their first adopt-a-highway cleanup, by picking up trash for a mile on Highway 23. The cadets will participate in highway cleanup four times a year. This was an awesome opportunity for the cadets to put into application many of the lessons they learned in class. They are making a difference by their devotion to duty and the selfless attitude they displayed, as they came together to help and give back to their community.

Highway Clean up

21 September 2017. The Rebel Cadets Sea Perch Team is building their first Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) under the leadership of Mrs. Lyon, one of our Science Teachers. Members of the team are working diligently to get a unit completed and tested for an upcoming meet. Everyone on the team is ecstatic at the opportunity to not only work as a team, but more importantly learn about various scientific fields as they build their underwater ROV. Keep up the good work. 

Sea Perch Team building their ROV

5-9 September 2017. The Rebel Cadets Drill Team is back in action focusing on their training as every member knows that drill is challenging and demanding, but the reward is great. They are hard at work honing their skills as they plan to participate in as many competitions as they can. The team captain and leadership have high standards and expectations for each member, and attendance to every practice is key to success. 

Drill Team at practice

6. September 2017. Three new Rebel Rifle Team members are going through the Mandatory Instruction: Unit 7 that includes Cadet Safety and Civilian Marksmanship Program, before they do any qualification firing. They must also have a signed JROTC Cadet Individual Safety Pledge and successfully completed a 25-question JROTC Air Rifle Marksmanship Cadet Safety Exam with a score of 100 before firing. 

Rebels Rifle Team New Members

24 August 2017. The uniform is an important element in the morale, pride, discipline, and effectiveness of the NJROTC program.  Our upper classmates are pressing upon the new cadets the importance of maintaining high standards of dress and personal appearance while wearing the NJROTC uniform. They focus on the importance of up-keeping, maintaining, and wearing the uniform with pride aboard the high school. 


Upper Classmates - Wearing and Maintaining NJROTC Uniform

4 August 2017. During our three days, Freshmen Orientation, our cadets received broad range of information about the unit, the program, instructors' expectations, gear, hands-on training on certain activities, and classes on proper customs and courtesies. Moreover, they received information on time management, class scheduling, and general tips on a cadet's life and the many extra-curricular activities they can be involved in. It was an intense three days, purposefully intended to integrate the freshmen into their new role as members of the Rebel Cadets. 

Freshmen Learning How to Fold Unit Flags


Upper classmates are demonstrating and freshmen are taking turn folding.

Freshmen turns to fold

25 July 2017. Congratulations to eighteen members of Strom Thurmond NJROTC Rebel Cadets for completing the Drill/Leadership Camp at Clarks Hill National Guard Training Center from 17-21 July 2017. The selected cadet leaders who attended the camp were given the opportunity to practice leadership skills, in unfamiliar areas as they were introduced to various leadership techniques, and training activities they will need to know in order to perform their assigned duties.  They did not only experience how to live and interact with each other but they also benefited from many “hands on” skills, particularly when dealing with manual of sword, guidon, color guard, drill, and physical activities.  They enjoyed many other areas of their training and many are looking forward for the beginning of the school year to put into application some of the skills learned.

Special thank you to Mrs. Noah and Reville for caring and preparing meals for the cadets for the duration of the camp. The success of the training would not have been possible without their support and dedication to the Cadets and the program.

Rebel Leaders - Gathering prior to training

Cadet Leaders practicing Armed Drill

23 June 2017. Congratulations to the eleven members of the Strom Thurmond NJROTC Rebel Cadets who attended and completed the Motivation, Attitude, Skills and Training Camp (MAST) which was held at Clarks’ Hill National Guard Training Site, SC from 19-23 June 2017. It was challenging and enduring but at the end the Cadets enjoyed the various activities they were engaged in, that included drill, orienteering, team building events, boat maneuvering, and much more. They are looking forward to start applying some of the skills they learned at the beginning of the new school year. As of today, very exhausted, they are looking ahead to start their Summer Vacation. Job well done, kudos to all.

Rebel Cadets at Clark's Hill - Mast Camp 2017

Grucela and his team engaging in "Teambuilding"

13 May 2017. Strom Thurmond NJROTC cadets, family members, alumni, and upcoming cadets gathered at the U.S. Army National Guard military guard base in Edgefield for a day of games and food. The events that were held were cornhole, fishing, racquetball, and plank walking. Sgt First Class Black grilled and provided the food for the unit. A raffle was held at the end for the mothers that participated. This was an event that rewarded both the hard work and dedication of the cadets, as well as welcoming the future cadets.   

Cadet Ralphs Playing Cornhole

24 April 2017. Parents, family members, friends, the instructors, the Principal of Strom Thurmond High School, Mr. Black, along other various special guests were in attendance to the annual Strom Thurmond High School Awards Ceremony. The event was held after school in the gym and all of the cadets participated. Numerous cadets received awards, along with ones from special categories. The cadets were awarded for their hard work, dedication, and commitment to the unit. Congratulations and Job well done, cadets!

Top Three Cadets Receiving Lone Sailor Award

21 April 2017. The Marksmanship Team traveled to North Augusta and competed in the Junior Olympics again eleven teams in the region. The Rifle Team placed third overall and were very proud of the four-member team. The team consisted of NSI Caylin Arbaugh, NS2 Cristiana Tapia, NS2 Carter Kingery, and Team Captain NS3 Emily Bird.

Marksmanship Junior Olympic Meet

21 April 2017. The Marksmanship Team traveled to North Augusta and competed in the Junior Olympics again eleven teams in the region. The Rifle Team placed third overall and were very proud of the four-member team. The team consisted of NSI Caylin Arbaugh, NS2 Cristiana Tapia, NS2 Carter Kingery, and Team Captain NS3 Emily Bird.

24 March 2017. The cadets held their quarterly awards formation in the gym. The cadets were presented with Cadets of the Month and Cadet of the Quarter. Several cadets were also given rank in the classes. Job well done, cadets!

Cadets at the Awards Formation

16-17 March 2017. Twenty-one NJROTC Rebel cadets participated in the overnight orientation trip to Charleston, SC to go on board the USS Yorktown. The cadets were able to explore the ship and even partake in a flight simulator on the ship. The cadets also ate on board and slept in the berthing areas. After leaving the Yorktown, the cadets also had the opportunity to take a tour of the Citadel. They enjoyed their time spent in Charleston and look forward to the next orientation trip.

Cadets Aboard the USS Yorktown

4 March 2017. The Rebel NJROTC Cadets participated in the eighth grade tours this Friday. The events consisted of the cadets. along with other members of the student body, conducting tours of Strom Thurmond to eighth graders from both JET and Merriweather Middle Schools. During the Assembly, the Drill Team performed Armed Regulation formations and the eighth graders were told about NJROTC and the Rebels' Unit. Overall, the event went very well and the cadets are looking forward to new members next school year.

Tour Guide Cadet Carter Kingery

Rebel Drill Team Waiting for Armed Regulation

24 February 2017. The NJROTC Rebel Cadets conducted their final Adopt-A-Highway of the year. A total of thirteen cadets were in attendance along with both instructors. The clean-up went very well and the cadets had a great time. Job well done, cadets!

Cadets Participating in Adopt-A-Highway

9 February 2017. The Rebel NJROTC cadets held their Area Six Personnel Inspection and Pass-In-Review Ceremony. The cadets performed well in all of the events. These events included the morning Personnel Inspection, Drill Team Exhibition, and marching the Review Ceremony in front of Commander Jones. In attendance were: Commander Jones (Area Six, U.S. Navy), Edgefield County District Superintendent, Dr. Robert Maddox, Strom Thurmond High School Principal Mr. Joshua Black, Senior Naval Science Instructor Chief Warrant Officer-4 Fervil (USMC Ret.), Naval Science Instructor NC1 Ty Face, along with several NJROTC alumni. 

Cadets Marching In Review

21 January 2017. The Strom Thurmond NJROTC Rebel Marksmanship Team attended their final meet of the season at White Knoll High School for the Area Six Championship competition. They placed eight out of twenty-three teams with a total score of 1888. In attendance were cadets Emily Bird, Carter Kingery, Cristiana Tapia, and Caylin Arbaugh. Cadet Tapia was awarded the team top shooter award with an overall score of 479. Congratulations cadets, job well done!

Cadet Marksmanship Team Competing in Area Six Competition