WEST ORANGE, NJ — The award-winning West Orange High School (WOHS) Air Force Junior ROTC Mountaineer Squadron recently hosted a Drill Competition that included hundreds of cadets from across the tri-state area in friendly competition.

Twelve schools participated in 15 different events throughout the day, including armed and unarmed Color Guards, drills, inspections, exhibitions and academic testing.

The overall unarmed champion—or the school that did the best in all events that do not use rifles—was Atlantic County Institute of Technology from Mays Landing.

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The armed champion—the school that did the best in all events that do use rifles—was Louis E. Dieruff of Allentown, Pa.

As hosts of the event, West Orange did not participate in the competition.

"Competitions like this allow units to test the skills and training they've learned at their home units against others in their region," said WOHS Major Joseph Marchesini (Ret.). “Regional winners often go on to national competitions.”

This is the second time that the Mountaineer Squadron has hosted such an event this year. According to Marchesini, the West Orange cadets planned and organized the entire event.