Saturday, November 21, 2015

Cadets Castro & Elizalde Earn Orienteering Ribbon

On this sunny, cool Saturday at Wind Creek State Park in Alexander City, HHS cadets Roger Castro and Leo Elizalde endured a 3+ hour hike in the woods which earned them the right to wear the coveted AFJROTC Orienteering Ribbon.  Both cadets braved "attack trees", water hazards, small vermin, and each other to navigate a grueling intermediate-level course.

Despite being the first land navigation competition for both of them, they successfully navigated the course and completed it well within the 4-hour maximum time limit. Although, there appeared to be periods of resting and reflection while they were hiking (see pic)

Several fellow rivals who are decade-long orienteering competitors commented how impressed they were by both Roger and Leo who in their words "performed exceptionally on a particularly tough course."  In fact, the second place winner took time after the competition during a chili bowl snack to instruct both of them on how to do better next hopes they'll continue this athletic endeavor throughout this season and beyond.

KUDOS TO LEO & ROGER for highlighting the athletic and intellectual ability of our cadet corps at this outdoor event.  For those wishing to follow in their footsteps, the next Alabama-hosted orienteering competition is slated for 19 December 2015 at Oak Mountain State Park.  If interested in attending, contact Col Paul or MSgt Simmons for details or view info on the local orienteering club's web site Orienteering is loads of fun, hard work but it pays off with reward of a ribbon and a lifelong memory!!

Monday, November 9, 2015

November 7, 2015 Field Trip to Pensacola Airshow


   On Saturday, November 7th, approximately 70 cadets accompanied by 5 adult supervisors traveled to Pensacola, Florida for the annual Blue Angels "Homecoming" Airshow.   In addition to touring multiple static display aircraft from multiple Services and civilian agencies, the cadets had a "ring side" seat to view the Blue Angels, the premier demonstration team from the U.S Navy.  The Blue Angels fly the F-18 Hornet fighter aircraft, the same aircraft currently deployed overseas in support of U.S. vital interests.  The drive to and back to Pensacola from Homewood was long but well worth the effort.  Below are but a few of the pictures taken by cadets during the event.  We look forward to participating in future airshows in 2016! 

Blue Angels "Diamond Formation" low-level pass 

Blue Angels in a two-ship "dirty pass"

Below, Cadets Daralyn Raspberry& David Barco enjoy the F-18D static display

Cadet Rasberry pirched below a USN F-18F two-seat fighter

Cadets Jorge Villanueva & Bianca Juarez pose alongside a USN Blue Angel demonstration plane

Overall--it was a GREAT TIME and a GREAT SHOW!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

1st 9-Weeks, Cadets of the Quarter

Congratulations First Annual Cadet of the Quarter Winners!

Alpha Flt: Leo Elizalde  

 Bravo Flt: Luciano Villa

Charlie Flt: Joseph Tucker

Delta Flt: Rene Elizalde

*All cadets listed are now nominees for The Cadet of the Semester Award and will compete head-to- head later on this year for the prize*