Coronado High School's Islander Company Marksmanship team seen here competed in the Good Vibrations meet on Oct. 21. The team competed against schools from Southern California. Photo courtesy of Kaelyn Krueger.

Kaelyn Krueger took the opportunity as a freshman to join the Coronado High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps and has never looked back.

Now a senior, Krueger is the organization’s public affairs officer.

It’s her job to get the word out about NJROTC as students learn about discipline and leadership skills.

The group also known as the Islander Company held its one-per-term fundraiser, which ended Nov. 14.

“We do it through Snap! Raise, and we basically just send emails out to family members or friends, anyone who we can really think of, and we raise money for trips, gear that we need, any kind of equipment that we need to make our program better,” Krueger said.

Competing is another way the Islander Company prepares cadets, and they recently competed in Fullerton in a JROTC quiz bowl at Troy High School.

A few of the cadets placed high in the quiz-style competition, she said.

“We ended up getting first and third, which actually qualified the first place team for nationals, later on this school year.” Krueger said. “So, in May, they’re gonna head out to Georgia and compete in the national competition.”

The national competition will consist of Jeopardy-style questions about the ROTC and basic naval knowledge, she said.

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Dinsmore is a senior journalism student at Pt. Loma Nazarene University, where he is the Opinion Editor of The Point, a weekly campus paper. He writes general news stories for The Coronado News.