NJROTC orienteering squads snatch several awards

San Benito School Navy Junior Officers Training Corps Orienteering Teams got many accolades after finishing at annual Tuloso Midway Orienteering Meet at Corpus Christis Tuloso Midway High School. Orienteering is an adventure sport which requires land navigation across an unfamiliar course along with bearings, a compass and maps. The main goal is to walk or run to some of the control points in shortest time.

People took part in map reading skills, mental visualization, leadership, decision-making, compass usage, physical fitness as well as environmental awareness. 15 teams from different high schools, including Aransas Pass, Rockport-Fulton, Moody, Mary Carroll and West Oso, took part in land navigation contest. Armed with distances, bearings, compasses and clipboards, all the NJROTC cadets rounded the meets different orienteering courses.

Ending on 1st spot overall, members of the San Benito Team 2 include Victoria Barrera, Virginia Moreno, Daniel Barreda, Aaron Garcia, Lizbeth Gonzalez, Daniella Alaniz, Marcos Cardoza and Cassimiro Herrera. Second spot holder San Benito Team 3 members Jose Moya, Miguel Gonzales, Raquel Moreno, Cynthia Rodriguez, Kattie Lambert, Clarence Ebarb, Josiah Alcala and Carlos Gonzalez; and ending at 6th place, the members of San Benito Team 1 include Brianda Mata, Valerie Garza, Octavio Castillo, Cristian Cano, Frank Gonzalez, Angel Arreola, Luz Rocha and Jorge Vasquez.

Commander Russell McPadden, the meets sponsor told that he had seen the teams of San Benito working very hard on pacing as well as mentally getting for the meet. He was not surprised by the outcome and he congratulated all the teams.