Jenelle Bayor- Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The LRHS Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) team was able to obtain first place title at the state championship event this past Saturday, March 27.

Despite 25% of the team being absent due to COVID-19, the team was still able to pull through and win first place.

Due to the numerous changes the team has undertaken to follow CDC guidelines, this season has been very different for the team in comparison to previous years.

Junior Victor Klein said adversity made the team stronger.

“The path along the way got us through in the end to show we are the best,” he said.

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LRHS JROTC instructor Lt. Col. Richard Roller said, “The Lakewood Ranch Navigators have followed the protocols, put in the hard work and beat the best in the state the entire season, earning the title of State Champion.”

Individual winners are –

  • Junior Olivia D’Orazio- First place in Novice Female
  • Junior Victor Klein- Second place in Intermediate Male
  • Senior Bailey Howell- Second place in Advanced Male
  • Senior Amy Jones- First place in Advanced Female
  • Senior Elise West- Second place in Advanced Female

LRHS Principal Dustin Dahlquist congratulated the Navigators, “Great stuff! Congratulations to the JROTC Orienteering team on a State Championship!”