Department of Florida

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From the Chairman

Loretta Young
JR Shooting Sports Chair

April 2022

Final JSSP Team Round 1 Results are now in and posted on the National Website under results, which are linked to the CMP website. There were 4 Sporter Postal Team entries in Florida which included: Sarasota Military Academy, Atlantic HS Rifle, Vanguard NJROTC, and Lake Howell HS.

There was only one entry from Florida for the Postal Precision Category, Sarasota Military Academy. The State Team Champion was Sarasota Military Academy for both Sporter and Precision Categories. The overall Individual winner for the State of Florida in the Sporter Category was Emrie Fast-Clark, and the overall Individual winner for the Precision Category was Kendall Goebel.

Both winners are from Sarasota Military Academy, and National has presented them with the State Winner Certificates, which were to be presented by the sponsoring Post 266 in Sarasota. I want to thank all the posts that have sponsored the teams. May they have continued success as they proceed to the second-round qualifications, which will be completed by April 1st.

The JROTC Program events have still not increased to the level before the school closures and hybrid operations during the past two years; however, they continue to move forward and increase in activities. I had the pleasure to attend the Flag Retirement Ceremony held by the cadets at the Coral Glades JROTC Program. Due to rain, it was held inside the school cafeteria and was very well attended by the students, families, and guests. The program was superbly organized and conducted by the cadets, and as their first time running the ceremony, it was outstanding. After the ceremony, we had the honor of being their guests for dinner, served by the cadets. Kudos to all the Cadet Staff and the students for doing an outstanding tribute that demonstrates our country’s flag’s proper disposal.

The following two months of April and May will be when the Year-End Ceremonies will be conducted. All posts should be ordering the Year-End Medals for Military and Scholastic Excellence Awards, which are presented to the top graduating cadets of the Senior Instructors’ choice. For the High School JROTC Program, a reminder that the only acceptable medal is the bronze to be worn on the uniform. The description and the regulations are stated on the website if there are any questions. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with your schools and do not wait for them to contact you, which might be until the last minute when National is backlogged with orders. Please also make an effort to attend these Award Ceremonies and make a personal presentation to the recipients. I’m always looking for participation from our Legionnaires, so please forward me any articles or photos of events that you may attend. Thanking you all in advance for your continued support of our youth programs and much success for the Year-End.

Loretta Young