Cadets of the Saipan Southern Manta Ray Battalion won overall at the Golden Bear West Coast National Drill Meet in Torrance, California last April 29.
They won the All-Army championship Traveling trophy, third place for Armed Inspection, third place for Armed Exhibition Varsity, third place for Armed Sweepstakes Varsity, third place for Armed Duo (cadet Emmanuel Aquino and cadet Bonillo), first for Armed Regulation Varsity as a group, and fifth for Armed Color Guard.
For individual awards, battalion commander cadet Lt. Col. Matthew Kapileo won first place for armed tap out, first place for outstanding commander, and fourth place for unarmed tap out.
Cadet Emmanuel Aquino won fifth place for armed tap out.
Cadets from Rota High School Chamorro Buck Battalion also won the following awards: second place for Four-Man Unarmed Exhibition (cadets Jezzel Candia, Loreville Clitar, Mary Heather Jingco, and Francisco Santos Jr.), and fifth place for outstanding commander (cadet Maj. Keoni Hocog).
SSHS principal Martha Kintol said her students did an outstanding job for bringing home the All-Army Championship Trophy.
“I would like to thank you all for the support you gave to the Manta Rays and the Bucks in the 2017 Golden Bear National Drill Meet,” said Kintol.
“Congratulations to the cadets for their exceptional drill performance at the national drill meet,” said SSHS senior Army instructor CSM (ret.) Richard Basa. “You made the CNMI very proud for that accomplishment, history was made once again.” (Mackenzie Perez)