Charles Regan, Principal
SUMMER LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
Kevin Ruano and Julia Pizzuto at the NJROTC Leadership Academy in Newport, RI.
In 2014 the RHS DRILL TEAM placed 3rd Overall in the AREA 4 CHAMPIONSHIP DRILL MEET.
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.
(July 10, 2015 – Newport, RI) Kevin Ruano and Julia Pizzuto (Class of 2017) following the NJROTC Leadership Academy Graduation at the Naval Base in Newport, RI.
Both cadets earned the prestigious Silver Cord for completing the intensive two week training program during July. Cadets conducted physical fitness training, orienteering and academics as well numerous team building exercises. Leadership Academy also includes sail training and the cadets spent several hours each day learning to sail in Newport Harbor.
Approximately 140 cadets from over 50 NJROTC schools were selected to attend the training, these cadets then return to their units to utilize their new experiences in leadership positions with their respective units. Cadets Ruano and Pizzuto were both selected to be Platoon Commanders in the unit for the upcoming school year.
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."