Competing in their first competitive NJROTC Orienteering competition ever, our BlueJacket team brought home a 3rd place trophy on the intermediate level Orange Course.
Orienteering is basically an over land navigation skill which requires knowing how to read and use a compass, interpret a topographical chart to remain on course while locating designated points in the woods, all the while racing against time and other competitors. The discipline requires mental as well as physical toughness and will, at times, humble even the most competent.
Having only had a single practice event to test their skills, this trophy represents a major success for the school’s most recent team addition. This achievement is made all the more impressive given that Farragut competed at Lake Louisa State Park in Clermont against 16 other schools and over 300 cadets, including the state champion team from South Sumter who took 1st place.
Led by seniors Jason Chen and Chris Northup, juniors Steven Smiley and Gianni Defelice, along with sophomore Ashton Raymer the team shocked the field of seasoned competitors who had never seen Farragut in action. Facing cool temperatures, difficult terrain and occasional rain, the team was able to find their points and sprint to the finish wet, tired and satisfied.
The team looks forward to more competitions in 2018 and welcomes new members to join. Interested students should see CDR Schock or Team Commander Steven Smiley for more information.