PBLA cadets win second straight Pershing Rifle National title

CONCORD — The BlackJack unit from the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy in Elizabethtown won its second straight National Society of Pershing Rifles Drill Championship against a stiff field of competitoin. Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy is the only high school to win a Pershing Rifles Nationals.

This year, the PRBLA cadets beat the University of Toledo, which finished second overall, and Camden Military Academy, which took third.

Cadets competed against 24 Pershing Rifles, Pershing Angels and BlackJacks units from all over the United States. A total of 23 college drill teams were represented and one other high school made up this year’s competitive field. The meet was held in Concord on the infield of the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Paul R. Brown’s cadets competed in six events — earning third place in Regulation Platoon commanded by Passion Graham; three first-place trophies in Regulation Squad Armed commanded by Josclynn Coleman, Color Guard commanded by Brittany McMillan and Platoon Exhibition Armed commanded by Passion Graham.

Following are the final placements for the John J. Pershing Drill Meet:

Overall

First place: B-4 (BJ) The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy

Second place: L-1 University of Toledo

Third place: A-4 (BJ) Camden Military Academy

Exhibition Platoon

First place: B-4 (BJ) PBLA

Second place L-1 University of Toledo

Third place: A-4 (BJ) Camden Military Academy

Exhibition Squad

First place: L-1 University of Toledo

Second place: G-7 Kansas State University

Third place: A-4 (BJ) Camden Military Academy

Regulation Platoon

First place: M-4 Appalachian State University

Second place: C-4 Clemson University

Third place: B-4 (BJ) PBLA

Regulation Squad

First place: B-4 (BJ) PBLA

Second place: A-4 (BJ) Camden Military Academy

Third place: C-4 Clemson University

Color Guard

First place: B-4 (BJ) PBLA

Second place: L-1 University of Toledo

Third place: G-10 UCLA

Solo

First place: B-4 University of South Carolina

Second place: B-6 East Tennessee State University

Third place: J-1 Wright State University

Tandem

First place: L-1 University of Toledo

Second place: H-4-5 (PA) Alabama A&M

Third place: A-4 (BJ) Camden University

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