Charles Regan, Principal
Videos - Area 4 2011
Varsity Color Guard
NS1 Platoon Drill
North Rockland '13
The unit has its largest crop of new recruits in years. . . As of the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, the unit has a total of 140 cadets this school year. Several students participated in summer leadership events.
Honor. Courage. Commitment.
"Riverhead's NJROTC Unit started as a satellite of the Southold NJROTC Unit 38 years ago in 1974," explained Riverhead's commander, Lt. Col. Peter McCarthy.
"The cadets have already accomplished quite a bit this year," explained Lt. Col. McCarthy. "There was a summer orientation before school started, a field trip to Shinnecock Coast Guard Station, Color Guards, parades, Basic Leadership Training, a physical fitness test and community service events. There are a lot of people who come together to make this program work,” he concluded, “and we want to thank the administration for its support, and the parents for being there for us."
Cadets participate in a variety of activities, such as drill competitions, physical fitness outings, military orientation trips, and social events like their military ball.
CADET TO ATTEND THE MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY
(February 24, 2014) It was recently announced that RHS NJROTC Company Senior Chief (c/SCPO) Nicholas Deschamps has received an appointment to the Merchant Marine Academy (MMA) at Kings Point, NY. Nicholas plans to pursue a degree in engineering.
Cadet Nicholas Deschamps, who will graduate near the top of his class, is the Commander of the NJROTC Academic Team and a key member of the unit’s award winning Drill Team. The RHS Drill Team is one of 12 teams out of 58 to qualify for the Area Four Championship Meet to be held in Colt’s Neck, NJ on March 1st. This is the 7th consecutive year Riverhead has qualified for this championship meet.
Nicholas started his senior year after a very productive summer:
1) He attended and acted as a counselor the 11th Annual 2013 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) summer program;
2) He was the RHS representative to the 2013 American Legion BOYS' STATE of NY;
3) In addition, last summer Nicholas attended the NJROTC Sail Academy off the coast of Florida and is now certified as a Sr. Crew member.
The Merchant Marine Academy is one of the five federal academies and required a nomination from Congressman Bishop. As one of the academies, all tuition, room and board, etc. is covered.
“Nicholas is the first Riverhead NJROTC cadet I am aware of to receive an Appointment to this Academy,” noted the unit’s naval science instructor Lt. Col. Peter McCarthy. "Like last summer, Nicholas will be very busy this summer. He begins the academy on July 1st." >More
HISTORICAL OVERVIEW OF THE UNIT
The N.J.R.O.T.C. Program at Riverhead High School began in 1974 as a satellite unit from Southold High School. In 1976, the Riverhead N.J.R.O.T.C. received its own charter and broke away from Southold. In 36 years of existence, the Riverhead N.J.R.O.T.C. Unit has become well known throughout the ten northeastern states of area four.
The unit has earned numerous unit and individual citations, awards, and trophies at area and national armed and unarmed drill, academic and athletic competitions. Riverhead High School NJROTC has earned the Chief of Naval Education and Training (CNET) Distinguished High School Unit award for 2001/2002 and 2002/2003. In 2004-05, Riverhead NJROTC once again won the CNET Unit Achievement Award; as well as being named as the most improved unit in the area and 3rd most improved in the nation for school year 2004-2005. In 2005-2006, Riverhead earned the Distinguished Unit Award for being one of the top 15 out of 54 schools in Area 4. In 2009-10, even though they did not meet the size requirement of 100, they were given the Distinguished Unity Award for being one of the top units in Area 4. Several of the RHS cadets have earned ROTC scholarships after graduation.
News & Awards
NJROTC Wins Distinguished Unit With Honors
RHS NJROTC DRILL TEAMS PLACE 3RD OVERALL IN AREA 4 CHAMPIONSHIP
(March 3, 2014 – Riverhead, NY) Fifty-eight NJROTC Units started the Drill season in September, which culminated in the Area Four Championship Drill Meet on Saturday, March 1, at Colts Neck High School in New Jersey. Riverhead High School's NJROTC Drill Team competed as one of the top 10 qualifying schools.
The competition was a pressure packed event with the best teams in the northeast competing for honors. Riverhead High School's team faced of with some powerhouse teams, including teams that recently competed at the National level.
The competition was intense all day long as team after team put in solid performances. The Riverhead cadets responded to the pressure by performing up to their capabilities and bringing their 'A' game to the competition and had their best overall performances of the year.
"The Riverhead Drill Team proved that they can compete with anyone," noted Naval Science Instructor Lt. Col. Peter McCarthy, "by finishing in the top three in 4 of 6 main events."
2013-14 NJROTC NEWS
c/LCDR James McEnte
Company Senior Chief Nicholas Deschamps has beenaccepted into the Merchant Marine Academy. The
MMA is one of the five federal academies and required a nomination from Congressman Bishop. As one of the academies,
all tuition, room and board, etc. is covered. >More