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Hudson High School’s JROTC perform color guard duties for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Hudson High School’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) was selected to perform the duties of color guard during the National Anthem for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers preseason game on August 28, 2014.  The commander of the color guard was the Hudson High School Battalion Commander, Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Nardozzi.  Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Nardozzi’s team consisted of Cadet First Lieutenant Lauren Broom, Cadet Second Lieutenant Jaimie Yaratch, Cadet Second Lieutenant Michael Larsen, and Cadet Sergeant Major Matthew Ewing.
Despite the Buccaneer’s loss to the Washington Redskins, each cadet had a blast with sideline passes, a photo opportunity with the cheerleaders, and a chance to meet the players at the end of the game. This is only the second professional sport the Hudson JROTC color guard has performed in its 22 year history.
Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Nardozzi said, “I remember being a freshmen and watching a color guard during drill team practice and thinking that one day I’d like to command a color guard. Now in my senior year being the drill team commander and being able to command the biggest color guard in the history of our school with 30 thousand fans in the audience is one of the best feelings I’ve felt. I hope this inspires future cadets to strive to do better and beat our accomplishment.”

Author: Cadet Second Lieutenant Bryan Sprouse

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