The Apollo High School Air Force Junior ROTC program will host a drill competition starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the school, 2280 Tamarack Road. The competition will include events such as armed and unarmed drill; color guard; tandem exhibition; and inspection.
The event is open to the public with free admission. Doors open at 8 a.m. and the awards program is scheduled at approximately 3:30 p.m. Those attending should use the gym lobby entrance. Parents of Apollo JROTC cadets will operate a concession stand throughout the day, offering soft drinks, pizza and hot dogs, along with light snacks.
Seven teams and 300 cadets from the tri-state area are scheduled to compete. Participating schools are Apollo, Daviess County, Owensboro, Henderson County, Evansville, Warren East and Hopkins County Central high schools.
In the drill category, cadets will be evaluated on how well they march the prescribed drill sequence with and without military rifle facsimiles. Four-person color guard teams will be evaluated on how well they present the National Colors in a precision sequence. All Inspection cadets will be evaluated on how well they look in their uniform, show military bearing and answer general knowledge questions. The tandem exhibition drill is especially exciting to watch as two members of the unit demonstrate precision drill movements, accompanied by controlled rifle maneuvers such as spinning and speed rotations.