ok County Cowboys defended their division title at the North West Drill and Rifle Conference district finals held in Roseburg, Oregon on Saturday March 17th. The Cowboys took a huge step in the competitive perspective by winning the Division trophy last season.
   The District Finals this year was a tough competition; Crook County competed against sixteen JROTC schools from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana and came away in fine shape. The team placed 1st in overall Armed Drill, cadet Josh Jackson place 1st in Armed Solo and cadets James Taylor and Anthony Marquez placed 1st in Armed Duo for the season.
   The Color Guards also did extremely well, placing 3rd over all. Crook County is the only school in the recent history of the Northwest Drill and Rifle Conference to qualify for Regionals in all four drill evolutions. The Regional Finals will be held the 21st of April in Everett, Washington. At Regionals the Drill Team will be pitted against Navy, Army, Marine Corps and Air Force JROTC units from six different states.
   The Crook County NJROTC cadets have worked extremely hard this season and as always their efforts have produced outstanding results. The cadets took a great deal of pride reclaiming their District Trophy at the awards ceremony; it was an extraordinary feeling to win the trophy in the 1999-2000 season and an honor to once again prove their champion spirit in 2001.
   A little further from home, the Crook County cadets are not only District champions and Regional qualifiers, but Area 11 champions and National qualifiers. The Area 11 Field Meet is an annual competition and was held in San Diego, March 3. This competition is for Navy JROTC units from Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii and Guam.
   Out of 67 schools taking part in the 2001 Field Meet, Crook County placed 2nd overall in the drill phase. Only the top three placers qualify for the National Navy JROTC Championships which will be held April 6 and 7 in Pensacola, Florida.
   This competition is between the top 21 NJROTC units from all over the United States who will be competing for the National Champion title. Qualifying for Nationals has been the goal and dream of Crook County cadets since the program first started in 1996. This year, the dreams of Crook County's Drill Team have become reality.
   Both the Drill Team and Physical Fitness team will compete in Pensacola, and in preparation they have been practicing and training on a strict schedule. The team is optimistic for the quickly approaching trip to Florida. They are especially confident in their Armed Exhibition routine which is Crook County's signature performance.
   Qualifying for competing at the national level has been the long awaited goal for the Drill Team and could possibly be the crowning point in the success of Crook County's NJROTC Varsity Drill Team. This will be the true test of Honor, Courage and Commitment.
   The Drill Team would like to deeply thank Col. Brock and the cadets of the Mountain View - Bend NJROTC unit. They presented Crook County with a generous check to support the trip to Nationals.
   Anyone wishing to help the Crook County cadets go to Florida to take part in the Nationals can make donations to Master Chief Jackson or Captain Hutchinson at Crook County High School, 1100 Lynn Blvd, Prineville, OR, 97754. Any contribution is needed and would be greatly appreciated. Remember: your contribution is tax deductible.