Eagle River AFJROTC program continues to soar

Friday, October 4, 2019 - 08:59
  • Members of the Eagle River High Air Force JROTC program fold the American flag after presenting the colors before the Eagle River vs. Kenai Central homecoming football game on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 at Eagle River High School. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Eagle River AFJROTC cadet Rylee Price poses for a photo with ERHS principal Tim Helvey after Price earned the AFJROTC and Air Force Association Leadership Award. (Photo provided by the Anchorage School District)

The Eagle River High JROTC program continues to collect awards at a prodigious rate.

Recently, ERHS senior Rylee Price earned the Air Force JROTC and Air Force Association Leadership Award for the 2018-19 academic year. Price is a cadet major in the school’s AFJROTC program and was named the top cadet at both ERHS and the region before competing at the Headquarters level, where she ranked in the top 8 cadets in the nation, according to the Anchorage School District.

“This achievement is no small feat as Rylee was competing against 100,000 cadets in AFJROTC,” the Anchorage School District wrote in an online release.

Price hopes to attend the Air Force Academy and is currently the deputy commander of the Eagle River High AFJROTC program.

The Eagle River program ranks among the best in the nation and has earned a Distinguished Unit with Merit rating for 12 straight years. The school’s AFJROTC drill team won the overall drill state championship as well as the academic award with a cumulative GPA of 3.54. And the program’s two color guards recently completed in the 2019 Nationals High School Drill Championships in Florida, where they placed sixth and 14th among a field of 40 teams from across the nation.

The program is under the leadership of Col. (Ret.) Scott Brokaw and Chief Master Sgt. (Ret.) Bill McNew and this year has 112 cadets — or about one in eight of all students at the school.

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