The cadets of the Middletown High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps earned seven awards in the Blue Hen Classic Drill & Colors Competition against six other high schools on Jan. 14 at William Penn High School.

Middletown's teams and cadets won the following awards:

• 1st place in Unarmed Inspection, led by Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Stanley Ward;

• 1st place in Color Guard, commanded by Cadet Colonel Alex Arellano;

• 2nd place in Unarmed Regulation Drill, commanded by Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Todd;

• 2nd place in Armed Regulation Drill, commanded by Cadet Major Hunter Whitney;

• 1st place in Knockout Drill individual competition, Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Justin West;

• 2nd place in Knockout Drill individual competition, Cadet Major Maxwell Gick;

• 3rd place in Knockout Drill individual competition, Cadet 1st Lieutenant Drew Grier.

The mission of Air Force Jr. 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 unit is currently under the direction of Retired Lieutenant Colonel Pete Correa and Retired Chief Master Sergeant 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.

"Together we are dedicated to develop today's youth into tomorrow's leaders," said Chief Master Sergeant Conway. "I'm so proud of these cadets for their dedication and hard work. It really showed at the Blue Hen Classic Competition!"