Crescenta Valley High School Air Force Junior ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) is preparing for SCIDM, short for Southern California Invitational Drill Meet. This annual meet is a competition with drill and color guard teams from all over the nation in which team displays their proficiency in either flags or rifles. On top of this, cadets show their mastery of basic components like drill movement, uniform wear, and discipline.
This year, the meet will be held on February 11 at Northrop Grumman Space Park. The first, second, and third place teams of the meet are awarded trophies to represent their excellent performances.
Commitment, teamwork, and effective communication are essential for a prize-winning team. First, all cadets must commit to hours of repetitive practicing. Practice is the only way to master a routine, and the more work a team puts in, the better the results. Second, each member should have his or her teammates’ backs in order to work like one unit rather than a team of four individuals. Lastly, each team member should be able to effectively communicate his or her thoughts on the best routine for the team. All three teams that CVHS will be sending to this year’s meet possess these traits.
The CVHS’ three teams include one drill team, one color guard team, and one honor guard team. The drill team will be performing a routine consisting of intricate and difficult rifle movements and drill movements. During the routine, cadets spin and throw their rifles while performing drill movements in a particular order determined by the meet. The color guard and honor guard team will using both flags and rifles in their routine in addition to drill movements. They are judged based on how well they execute certain color guard procedures.
For the second time in CVHS’ history, a freshman, Terry Kim, will compete in this meet. “With the competition drawing closer, I’m definitely nervous but honored to be able to compete in such a prestigious meet as a freshman. Throughout the past few weeks of practicing with my fellow team members, they’ve taught and helped me so much that without them, I wouldn’t feel as prepared and confident as I do now,” said Terry Kim.
The school’s expectations are high, as it has always performed well at the meet. In fact, its teams have advanced to nationals in Florida. We wish the Crescenta Valley High School Air Force Junior ROTC the best of luck as they continue preparing for SCIDM!