Cadets from the Tuloso-Midway High School Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps took home second place team awards at the recent "Team Texas Score-O" Orienteering Meet at Jones State Forest in The Woodlands.
The sport of orienteering uses map and compass reading skills to find hidden targets in the woods in a fixed amount of time. Over 200 cadets from JROTC units throughout Texas competed at this year's meet on April 16.
TMHS NJROTC cadets won a number of individual awards at the event. Jamie Longoria received first place at the intermediate level, age 18. Deonte Hurte took first place for beginner level, age 17. Estelle Warfield received second place in intermediate level for age 17. Claudia Chavez-Castillo took second place in beginner level age 16. Brooke Baier won third place in beginner level age16.
Cadet Lt. Jamie Longoria, a senior at TMHS, said the competition proved to be very competitive.
"We were the only team from the Coastal Bend area at the event. Overall I think we did really well. I feel like as a team, we were prepared for the experience," Longoria said.
The TMHS NJROTC male and female teams both won second place trophies. Female team members were Longoria, Stephanie Razo, Warfield, Annamarie Falcon and Esperanza Rivas. Male team members were Stephen Kelly, Josh Fernandez, Doug Castillo, Jerry Simmons and Nick Olivares (overall team captain).
Longoria said one of the difficulties the team faced was the fact that they did not have a forest to practice in, like the environment they faced in The Woodlands. She said they did their best when it came to map reading skills and compass work.
"My very first time ever at the meet I was totally lost. I didn't know how to keep track of time," Longoria said. "Then you grow and learn your way with it. You begin to make routes, so you can get more points in a more efficient way. I'm much more confident now. I feel like if I had a map, I'd feel very comfortable being able to go anywhere."