This Lexington County high school has the nation's second-best JROTC drill team

Airport High School's Golden Talon JROTC team.
Airport High School's Golden Talon JROTC team.

Airport High School’s Army JROTC drill team finished second in the National High School Drill Team Championship last week in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The Golden Talon drill team competed against the nation’s best JROTC teams from the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard military branches.

Airport’s finish — as runner-up national champions — is the Lexington 2 school's best finish at the annual All Armed Forces Championship.

In addition to the overall second place finish, the team placed in several individual events, including a first place/national champion in Squad Exhibition w/Arms. Other finishes:

  • Second place: Platoon Inspection w/Arms; Duet w/out Arms.

  • Third place: Platoon Regulation w/Arms.

  • Fourth place: Duet Mixed w/Arms; Commanders Trophy.

  • Fifth place: Duet Mixed w/Arms.

  • Sixth place: Platoon Exhibition w/Arms, Duet w/Arms.

  • Eighth place: Color Guard.

Airport’s latest honor comes on the heels of a third in the nation finish last month at the 2018 U.S. Army JROTC National Drill Championships in Louisville, Ky. The Golden Talon team has received numerous other honors through the year in state, regional and national competitions.

Golden Talon team members include Angel Anderson, Ah’Tyrie Anderson, Noah Anderson, India Candelerio, Hayden Compton, Victoria Dunbar, Autumn Farris, Brooke Farris, Marcus Gadsden, Makayla Glover, Kristina Hartley, Monaizha Isaac, James Jacques, Nathan Jeffcoat, Brandon Jones, Adam Mason, Ja’Shon Muller, Charles Robertson, Spencer Schwenker, Kansas Shaw, Jacob Skews, Rozella Waters, Joy White and James Whitehead. Harry Ferguson is the coach and adviser.