Colts Neck Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps

College Options Foundation JROTC Academic Bowl

Colts Neck High School NJROTC Academic Team advanced to Level II of the College Options Foundation (COF) Junior ROTC Academic Bowl. The COF Academic Bowl is an online SAT style academic competition that challenges JROTC Cadets in all areas of academic studies. The sections of the academic challenge are composed of math, English, science, current events, and Navy JROTC Curriculum questions.

According to the College Options Foundation, 219 high school Navy JROTC Teams around the country participated in the 2019-2020 JROTC Academic Bowl. The 219 teams are broken into three divisions based on the demographics of the individual schools. Colts Neck NJROTC was placed into Division 3, the largest of the three divisions. Teams finishing in the top 50% of their division advanced to Level II. Colts Neck’s team was one of 53 teams from Division 3 that advanced to Level II of the competition.

Level II competition will take place February 1st through 15th, 2020. Once again, teams will complete the timed test online at their home schools. Level II competition will determine the teams that will advance to the National Championship. Two teams from Division 1 will advance, two from Division 2, and four from Division 3. The National Championship is funded by the Navy and will take place in Washington D.C. from 19 to 23 June.

Senior students cannot participate; only Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen are allowed to be on any school’s team. Colts Neck High School Navy JROTC team members are juniors Christopher Montefusco, Gabrielle Reese, Olivia Salvato, and Grace Suhocki; sophomores Cassandra Dalton and Ryan Walsh.

Unit News

Congratulations to our Drill Team! They placed second at the Manchester AAD Competition. Junior Varsity cadets were given the opportunity to participate in varsity events such as armed and unarmed regulation. JV cadets also participated in Personnel inspection as well exhibition drill. For awards, Unarmed Exhibition placed first, JV Color Guard placed second, Varsity Color Guard placed third, Academics placed second and Athletics placed first! The cadets did an outstanding job and displayed great teamwork. Keep up the great work cadets!

Around the Community

On December 8th, 2019, twenty-two cadets and twelve of their family members participated in Woodlawn Cemetery’s Leaf Cleanup alongside other organizations such as Jackson Firestation 55 and the Lakewood Police Department. Woodlawn Cemetery is the final resting place of many Civil War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam Veterans, firefighters and police officers. The cemetery is even home to a Civil War Medal of Honor recipient, 2nd Lieutenant Augustus J. Robbins of the US Army. All of the participants worked together for four hours clearing headstones, raking, blowing, and moving the leaves and debris out to the streetline for township pickup. While there, people visiting loved ones could not thank us enough for the respect and care shown for their loved ones’ final resting place. The experience was heart-warming and educational that left the unit with a true appreciation for all the servicemen who have given their lives so we could be free.

Cadet Spotlight

Cross country captain and ROTC cadet, Natalie Shapiro, led the colts neck girls cross country team in another phenomenal season. The team won their 9th central jersey sectional title making it their 3rd in a row. The team then placed 2nd in the state meet, 5th in the meet of champions and 6th at Nike Northeast regionals. At the conclusion of the season, Natalie was named all Monmouth county, all shore conference, first team group 3, and second team all state. She will be continuing her academic and athletic career running Division One in the Ivy League at Dartmouth College.