Hillgrove NJROTC Continues Orienteering Dominance

Hillgrove Earns Three State Championships in Four Years.

Following an orienteering national championship in 2020, the Hillgrove NJROTC orienteering team continued to set a dominant standard of excellence by earning its second consecutive state championship in 2021.

Dominance is defined as having power and influence over another. Following an orienteering national championship in 2020, the Hillgrove NJROTC orienteering team continued to set a dominant standard of excellence by earning its second consecutive state championship in 2021. The team earned 480 out of a possible 500 points in route to its unprecedented third championship in the past four years, and senior cadet Mary Smith took top honors in the varsity female competition.

Orienteering is the sport of navigation. Testing a competitor’s skill in locating checkpoints with only the aid of a map and a compass, orienteering is a timed cross-country style race over unfamiliar, and often rough, terrain that challenges competitors to combine athletic and intellectual abilities to be successful. Following guidelines established by the United States Orienteering Federation, competitors follow a prescribed route that requires team members to utilize individual strengths to work towards a common final point despite staggered starts that separate team members by several minutes.

Unit commander and team coach, Chief Allen Harris, was very complimentary of the leadership shown by the unit’s senior cadets. “The team works very hard, and we set very high expectations for our success as a unit,” Harris said. “Even with the high expectations, and all the additional challenges COVID protocols presented, what they accomplished still amazes me. They never once wavered in the pursuit of their goals, and their commitment to each other and to meeting the extra guidelines put in place to get them ‘back on the field’ was commendable.”

A high standard of excellence in competition highlights the overall success Hillgrove’s NJROTC unit experiences each year. The emphasis on attention to detail, a commitment to each other as a unit, and the willingness to sacrifice personal gain for the success of a peer taught each day in class, underscores the unit’s overall success in competition. The dominant success enjoyed by the Hillgrove orienteering team was not achieved by sheer luck. Congratulations to all the unit’s cadets on making the Hillgrove community proud.

To learn more about the Hillgrove NJROTC Orienteering Program, click here.


Arthur O’Neill, Supervisor
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