The cadets of the Middletown High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Corps marched away with seven awards at the Colonial Classic Drill & Colors Competition March 4 at William Penn High School.

The cadets of the Middletown High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Corps marched away with seven awards at the Colonial Classic Drill & Colors Competition March 4 at William Penn High School.

In the statewide competition, Middletown won:

• 1st place in Unarmed Inspection, led by Cadet Master Sergeant Hanna Hutchins;

• 1st place in Unarmed Regulation Drill, commanded by Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Todd;

• 2nd place in Armed Regulation Drill, commanded by Cadet Colonel Alexander Arellano;

• 2nd place in Armed Color Guard, commanded by Cadet Major Hunter Whitney;

• 2nd place in Armed Exhibition Drill, commanded by Cadet Major Alexis Ferguson;

• 2nd place in Knockout Drill was Cadet Major Maxwell Gick;

• 2nd place for Best Overall School.

"These outstanding and dedicated cadets deserve recognition for all of their hard work and a job well done," said Chief Master Sgt. Michael Conway.

The mission of Air Force Junior ROTC is to "develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community." The cadets serve their nation by volunteering their personal time in school and community service events.

The AFJROTC unit at Middletown High School was established in September 1980 and is the 2nd oldest JROTC unit in the state of Delaware. The unit is currently under the direction of Retired Lt. Col. Pete Correa and Retired Chief Master Sgt. Conway.