February 25, 2014
EASLEY — Easley High School’s Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps hosted their first ever orienteering meet Jan. 25 at Oconee State Park Mountain Rest.
Orienteering is similar to cross country with the difference being orienteering includes map and compass reading, orienteering is known as the thinking sport. This was a qualifying competition of the NJROTC units in North and South Carolina which allows the top winners to compete on the national level.
Oconee State Park was the perfect location to host this event due to the over 1,000 acres of rough terrain that had never had a JROTC orienteering competition held there, so it was new terrain for all competitors.
Also the support from Park Ranger Evertt Ernst helped to make this a successful competition; he and his assistant were on top of any park issues and assisting where needed.
Georgia Orienteering Club Bill Cheatum was the map setter and score keeper, all competing schools commented on how great the courses were.
Army recruiters Sgt. Fulgencio Rodriguez and Staff Sgt. Justin Herrington volunteered to help ensuring everything went smooth at the start line.
The NJROTC Booster Club, led by the president Yasmin Bruce, made sure that everyone was fed and stayed hydrated.
The booster club, Vicky West, Brad Lewis, Anne Marie Anderson and Martha Whitacre slaved over the grills and griddles to serve up a good lunch, an instructor from one of the schools replied “that was the best lunch that he had ever had at any competition.”
Samantha Hamilton-Rackley was on hand for EMS assistance, she provided a couple band-aids here and there and any other assistance where needed. A couple other parents also volunteered to help to make this a very successful competition.
“I’ve wanted to host an orienteering meet for many years,” stated Chief Mark Stauder, “and now that I have done one I might make it an annual event. I couldn’t have done it without the support from everyone involved. Many thanks to the NJROTC Booster Club, Oconee State Park and Georgia Orienteering Club, the Army recruiters and of course Easley’s cadets.”