Congratulations to Murphy High School's Army JROTC color guard and drill teams.
The Color Guard won first-place in a drill meet in Greenville on Wednesday.
Murphy’s JROTC competed against 12 other schools.
Male and female drill teams led by Starann Foster, Aaron Woodard and Josh Sneed won four awards ranging from first to fourth place in the categories of inspection, armed, unarmed and armed exhibition drills.
Color guards led by Tarial Malone and Josh Sneed won first and second place, respectively. Tarial Malone also won fourth place in individual drill.
Lt. Col. Robert Barrow, director of Army Instruction for MCPSS, said the timing of these awards is special.
This is Murphy ROTC instructor Lt. Col. Steve Garner's last drill meet. Garner has built the Murphy JROTC program into one of the finest in Alabama and the U.S., Barrow said.
"We will miss his leadership, his insistence on excellence, his ever-present smile, and most importantly the love and compassion he has for his students," Barrow said. "He has served with us for over 20 years after a successful military career."
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