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Greenville NJROTC Headed to NJROTC National Tournament in South Carolina

The Greenville High School Orienteering team has navigated another first for itself. After winning its inaugural event in October, the cadets of the GHS NJROTC team are now headed to South Carolina to compete against the best teams in the country.

The Sixteenth Annual NJROTC National Orienteering Championship (NNOC) will take place on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17, at Lake York Kings Mountain State Park, in Blacksburg, SC.  This is a significant accomplishment for the young orienteering team that has seen so much success this year. GHS NJROTC was chosen from among all the other NJROTC units in Area Nineteen to represent the area. The National-level event is also a first for the Greenville HS NJROTC unit. While there have been several times the unit has made it to State Championships (in drill & marksmanship), this will be the first National Championship attended by the unit.   

The team will have another warm-up competition on February 9 at San Benito HS in San Benito, TX. Following this event, Greenville will be laser focused on the National Championship.

AZ1 Flater, the coach of the orienteering team has attended two National Championships with his former school in California and is well-versed in what it takes to be successful at the competition. “I am very happy for the cadets on the orienteering team and especially the seniors to have this amazing opportunity,” Flater said. “I’m confident they will represent Area 19, GHS, and GISD with pride and professionalism.”

Congratulations team! We are GISD Proud of you!

What is orienteering? Orienteering is a sport that can be completed by anyone. This ancient sport originated in the 19th century in Sweden, where it originated as a military training. The term “orienteering” was first used in 1886 at a Swedish Military Academy and the meaning was crossing of unknown land with the aid of a map and compass. It's easy to learn, but always challenging. The object is to run to a series of points shown on the map, choosing routes—both on and off the trail—that will help you find all the points and get back to the finish in the shortest amount of time. The points on the course are marked with orange and white flags and punches, so you can prove you've been there. Each “control” marker is located on a distinct feature, such as a stream junction or the top of a knoll. Orienteering is often called the “thinking sport” because it involves map reading and decision-making in addition to a great workout.