by: Cadet First Luitenant Cameron Woods

The Newsome JROTC Wolfpack Battalion has had a great start to the year learning and practicing potentially life-saving first aid skills and developing individual Cadet 5 Year Plans and Resumes.  The Raider and Rifle Teams competed in September each bringing a trophy back to the Wolf Den.

The Sarasota Military Academy Raider Invitational was attended by many of the top teams around the State and our Mixed Raider Team placed 5th overall.  The Rifle Team competed in the Boca Ciega Rifle Invitational and placed 3rg overall.  While there is still room for improvement, the Raider and Rifle Teams are off to a good start.  The next Raider Competition is 15 October at Anclote High School and the next Rifle Meet is on 22 October at Plant City High School.

The Wolfpack Battalion has started a new team this year called “Cyber Patriot” which falls under the National Youth Cyber Education Program.  It was created to motivate students towards careers in cyber security, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  Both our Cyber Patriot and JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl (JLAB) teams are busy preparing for online qualification rounds beginning in November.  Our Drill and Color Guard teams are also learning the basics in preparation for competitions during second semester.

The Battalion is half way through it’s Annual “Wolf-A’Thon” fundraising campaign and is on track to meet their goal of $30,000.00.  The monies raised support the myriad of events the Cadets conduct throughout the year as well as the maintenance and purchasing of new equipment for the teams.

To learn more about Newsome JROTC or to follow the exploits of this year’s cadets, log onto their homepage at: or click on the JROTC link found under “programs” on the Newsome High School Homepage.

PHOTOS:  Rifle Team; Homecoming Sabre Guard; Raider team