• Leavenworth High School drill team seeks members

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  • The Junior ROTC Pioneer Guard Drill Team from Leavenworth High School is the most disciplined and elite team in the Junior ROTC Battalion.
    The team is looking for cadets with the motivation and dedication to join.
    The team meets in the Junior ROTC hallway to prepare for one hour of drill and one hour of physical training Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to noon.
    Cadets who want to be a part of the most elite leaders in the battalion join the Pioneer Guard Drill Team and prepare to be the most motivated and dedicated cadets in the program.
    The Pioneer Guard Drill Team travels around Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri for the drill season that starts in the winter. Once each year, the drill team travels to Daytona Beach, Fla., to compete in the National High School Drill Team Championships. In the past few years, the national high school drill team championships have changed dramatically from an average routine used for 20 years to a high intensity drill routine. In the past few years, the team has placed top 10 out of hundreds of schools.
    Competitions last all day on Saturdays throughout drill season. Team members arrive at the high school as early as 3 a.m. The competitions consist of regulation drill in accordance with Army Training Circular 3-21.5, “Drill and Ceremonies,” and exhibition drill, which includes spinning the rifles. Team members compete in Army Service Uniforms, commonly called “blues,” and in special exhibition uniforms.
    Being part of this team requires motivation and discipline to succeed. Pioneer Guard Drill Team cadets succeed on the drill floor and in the classroom.
    For more information, contact team adviser retired 1st Sgt. Wayne Cogdill at (913) 705-0530, e-mail wayne.cogdill@usd453.org, or Drill Team Commander Cadet Capt. Austin Tresner at (913) 306-5106.
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