Riverhead High School's Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps held its annual inspection and pass-in review last week at Riverhead High School.
Under the direction of instructors Lt. Col. Peter G. McCarthy and Gunnery Sergeant Mahala and under the command of c/LCDR Thomas Koop, the annual inspection and pass-in-review consisted of a personnel inspection, drill demonstrations, the pass-in-review and cadet briefings. This year’s reviewing officer was Navy Officer Commander John Skarin.
Cadet Lt. Harold Hubbard was awarded an immediate scholarship reservation for $180,000 to the college of his choice early this fall. Last year, three cadets received full college scholarships: Amanda Gallo, Brian Weinhardt and Edward Kruzon.
Commander Skarin also presented Cadet Anthony Mammina with a Meritorious Achievement Award, the highest award a cadet can receive.
While running the 5K run at the Suffolk County Coaches Invitational, a cross country meet, Cadet Mammina came upon a fellow runner from another school who had suffered an asthma attack on the trail and was unconscious; his first instinct was to stop and help. A Boy Scout trained in CPR, Anthony revived the runner, administered an emergency inhaler, which the boy had with him, carried the young man for approximately half a mile to a first aid station, and then went on to finish the race.
The event featured presentations by the unit’s drill team, which won first place overall at both the Bethel and the Southold drill meets. The wins qualify the unit to compete in the Northeast Championship Meet in May. This is the sixth year in a row the drill team has qualified for the Area Four Championship Meet.