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For the fifth consecutive year, the drill team of the Youngstown Air Reserve Station Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol has won the regional cadet competition.
The team took first place at the Great Lakes Region Cadet Competition at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Ill. earlier this month.
The Drill Team Competition consists of in-ranks inspection, standard drill, innovative drill, a written examination, panel quiz, volleyball tournament, and mile run. Each event tests the cadets skill and resiliency in the core competencies of the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program with equal emphasis of physical ability, academics, and character.
Coached by Civil Air Patrol Major William Hrinko, Jr. and First Lieutenant Diana Beatty, the team has been training for the past four months to earn their spot as the best team in the region. Team members are team commander Nathaniel Forrider (Leetonia), Megan Beatty (Austintown), Vanessa Betz (Greenville), Matthew Chamberlain (Wellsville), Emily Conroy (Canfield), Caleb Durfee (Salem), Christian Durfee (Salem), Michael Gentile (Niles), Brian Haight (Salem), Brian Hunter, Jr. (Brookfield), Aubry Lindauer (McDonald), Ethan Lint (Cortland), Cyrel Newcome (Salem), and Connor O’Kane (Poland).
The team has now earned a spot at the National Cadet Competition in Dayton, OH on July 17-20 where they will compete against teams from seven Civil Air Patrol Regions.
Last summer the Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron Team finished in second place in the nation
“It is an honor for us to represent our Region and the state of Ohio for the fifth year in a row. Especially since the National Competition is in our home state this year and we were so close to first place last time, we have a lot to prove. Our cadets have worked very hard over the past few months and will be sticking to it through July. Their sights are set and they will do their best.” said team coach Hrinko.