The cadets of Middletown High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Corps (MHS AFJROTC) participated in the Eagle Classic Drill & Colors State Championship Competition against nine other multi-service JROTC high schools on April 8 at Dover Air Force Base.

This championship tournament completes the drill schedule for the season and hosts the state championship knockout round that features the top five cadets in a very competitive bout of over 150 cadets statewide.

MHS AFJROTC cadets won three of the five knockout spots for 2017 finale:

• 2nd place in Knockout, Cadet Colonel Alex Arellano,

• 4th place in Knockout, Cadet Colonel Stephen Todd,

• 5th place in Knockout, Cadet Major Alexis Ferguson.

MHS AFJROTC teams also earned three awards:

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

• 3rd place in Armed Regulation Drill, led by Cadet Colonel Alex Arellano,

• 3rd place Best Overall School.

The mission of AFJROTC 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 unit is under the direction of Retired Lt. Col. Pete Correa and Retired Chief Master Sgt. Michael Conway. Their primary objective is to prepare cadets for life after high school to meet the challenges of a demanding and ever changing global society.

"I'm so proud of these cadets for their hard work and dedication, they represented Middletown High School at our championship tournament with honor and true leadership," said Conway.