Florida JROTC Rankings
South Sumter Cadets Dominate Florida JROTC Orienteering Rankings
For the second year in a row the cadets from the South Sumter HS JROTC orienteering team are dominating the state wide rankings. This is for three good reasons. They get to more events, with more than 30 participants they have a lot of depth on their team and they are finishing in the top ten in a lot of events.
Things to note about the latest standings:
- Whispering Pines was given the status of a Regional Championships with 50 points awarded for a first place finish instead of the usual 40, going down to 8 instead of 6 as the minimum points awarded for a successful finish.
- We are at about 576 cadet names on the ranking lists. Some are duplicates as the cadets’ names appear in two different categories. That is still an impressive total for this time of year.
- There is a mechanism to consolidate a cadet’s points in to one category. Please contact me with the name of the cadet, his/her rankings in the two categories and where you would like the points moved from and to. Contact address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- At first glance your cadets may see that cadets from one school, South Sumter, dominate the top of the rankings and be prepared to dismiss the rankings because the South Sumter cadets have been to more events than yours. It is partly true that they are on top because many of their cadets have reached the threshold five events. I trust that you can point out that South Sumter has worked hard for their rankings and they have earned their rankings. Going forward those cadets who have participated in their threshold five events can only improve their ranking by improving on their lowest score. It becomes an even tougher slog for them to stay at the top. Cadets with less than five events can be making great leaps upwards with every next event.
- For those cadets who see themselves scoring well in all events but down the rankings please have them look at their average for the events they have been in and compare to the leaders’ averages.
- Also you can encourage cadets who are trending upward in the points they are earning each event.
- Because the classes have so many participants in them one of the toughest medals to win in orienteering in America is a Florida JROTC medal. The Ranking system is there to help encourage cadets who are trying hard but not quite ‘reaching the podium’. Please pass on my encouragement to them.
- Here are the top cadets in each ranking list that have yet to win a medal: Female Advanced - Meghan Hunneman, Robinson; Male Advanced – Tyler Boldin, South Sumter; Female Intermediate – Mariniery Ortiz, Titusville; Male Intermediate – Ian Halby, South Sumter; Female Novice – Rachel Yacuzzo, South Sumter (who also leads the rankings); Male Novice – Evan Bentley, South Sumter.
We are aware that units have only the resources to get to a limited number of events. Cadets are welcome to come on their own, car-pooling with a willing parent or senior cadet, participate on the public side of an event and earn equivalent ranking points. They must be sure to do two things: 1) Those who are under 18 must bring a parent’s signature on the waiver available on the FLO website. 2) They should be sure to tell the FLO or SOAR registrars that they are there to run the JROTC course and they use their school instead of a club abbreviation. This will ensure the points get tracked properly and they get the special discounted registration fee ($6) If you can lend them a finger stick and compass that helps keep costs down, too.
Finally, thanks to our improved score-keeping we are now able to rank our teams in a similar fashion. Look for our first team rankings be announced before the end of this month. Spoiler alert: Team rankings will count your team’s best five scores on each course and overall over the preceding 12 month period.