MCHS MCJROTC Finishes 2nd in Military Drill Meet in Indy

mcjrotc-pike-2016The Michigan City High School (MCHS) Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps MCJROTC finished second out of 14 schools at the very competitive Pike High School military drill meet in Indianapolis on February 20. The winner of the meet was East Aurora High School from Aurora, Illinois.

East Aurora has the largest JROTC program in the world with 750 cadets. Michigan City has 91 cadets.

Michigan City finished first in the Unit Personnel Inspection, second in Unarmed Platoon, and third in Color Guard. Those units were commanded by Cadets Captain Jalen Stockley, Second Lieutenant Alexis Nowatzke, and Second Lieutenant Jacob Willliams respectively. The Wolves just missed placing in the Armed Platoon category. Additionally, Cadet Lance Corporal Griffin Williams finished 8th out of 500 cadets in individual competition.

“To finish so well against very stiff competition is really a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our cadets,” said Senior Marine Instructor Major Tom McGrath. “We placed ahead of schools that compete at the Navy National JROTC Drill Championships in Daytona Beach, Florida in May. You know that those schools are really working to be on the top of their game at this stage of the year.”

Master Sergeant Jeff Benak, the Marine Instructor, echoed McGrath’s sentiments on the work ethic of the Michigan City cadets. “It takes much commitment to be at practice every morning at 5:45, but you can see the rewards our cadets have earned with their constant striving for excellence."


Michigan City’s next drill meet will be another very competitive meet at Concordia High School in Ft. Wayne on March 19. The week prior to that meet, cadets will be supporting the Indiana High School Athletic Association regional boys’ basketball tournament by providing parking support for the approximate 14,000 fans that will visit the Wolves Den. Cadets will be providing the Color Guard for the semifinal and final games, as well as with helping with security. In between the semi final and final games, the cadets will march in the Michigan City St. Patrick’s Day parade, also being held on March 12.