For the fourth year in a row, the drill team of the Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol will be competing on the national stage at the National Cadet Competition in Dayton, this June. The team earned this year's trip by defeating other drill teams from around the Great Lakes Region during April's Great Lakes Region Cadet Competition held at the Illinois Military Academy at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Ill. Competing against Michigan and Wisconsin's drill teams (who were the best in their respective states), the team from Youngstown earned first place in five out of the seven events.
The drill competition consists of in-ranks inspection, which the local team won first place; standard drill, first place; written examination, first place; panel quiz, first place; volleyball tournament, first place and undefeated after four games; mile run, second place; and innovative drill, third place.
Coached by Civil Air Patrol Major William Hrinko and First Lt. Patricia Hrinko, the team has been training for the past five months to earn their spot as one the best teams in the nation. In June, they will face six other teams from around the nation who were the best in their respective regions. Team members are team commander Mercer Martin of Greenville, team deputy commander Nathaniel Forrider of Leetonia, Vanessa Betz of Greenville, Megan Beatty of Austintown, Daniel Clegg of North Lima, Emily Conroy of Canfield, Caleb Durfee of Salem, Brian Haight of Salem, Lauren Holt of Warren, Aubry Lindauer of McDonald, Austen Peters of Poland, Brendin Peters of Poland, Joseph Spletzer of Warren, and Trenton Wyant of Bristolville.
Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol Team members include commander Mercer Martin (Greenville), team deputy commander Nathaniel Forrider (Leetonia), Vanessa Betz (Greenville), Megan Beatty (Austintown), Daniel Clegg (North Lima), Emily Conroy (Canfield), Caleb Durfee (Salem), Brian Haight (Salem), Lauren Holt (Warren), Aubry Lindauer (McDonald), Austen Peters (Poland), Brendin Peters (Poland), Joseph Spletzer (Warren), and Trenton Wyant (Bristolville) are getting ready to take on the best of the best in National Cadet Competition in Dayton in June.
In addition to the team events, awards are given to the highest individual score on the written exam, which went to Lindauer, and the fastest female mile run time posted by Betz.