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Marmion Academy Drill Team Places First at Army Nationals

Apr 08, 2019 11:51AM ● By Hannah Ott

Aurora - On Saturday, March 30 over 2,000 Army JROTC Cadets converged on the Greater Richmond Convention Center for the 2019 Army Drill Team Championships. This year 103 teams from 85 schools traveled to Virginia from 25 different states, making it the largest single service drill meet in the history of the JROTC.

The Marmion Academy Flannigan Rifles Drill Team placed 1st overall in the Armed Division at the competition. The drill team is under the direction of SGM John Gissel, Team Commander senior Brant DeMoss of St. Charles and Executive Officer senior Nathan Konen of Sugar Grove.

First place finishes were earned by DeMoss in the Armed Solo routine; the Armed Exhibition Squad, commanded by DeMoss; and DeMoss and senior Christian Henkel of Batavia in the Armed Duet category. The Flannigan Rifles Color Guard, commanded by senior Henry Cella of Geneva, placed 2nd.

The team will go to Daytona, Florida to compete at the National High School Drill Team Championships on May 3. The NHSDTC remains the oldest, largest and finest all-service drill and ceremony competition annually assembled. 

"Congratulations to all of the Cadets and good luck in Daytona!" said Terri Rios, Director of Communications. 


About Marmion Academy: Marmion is a Catholic-Benedictine college preparatory school for young men. It's a community dedicated to spiritual formation, academic excellence and leadership development. Marmion Academy is located at 1000 Butterfield Road in Aurora. Visit

Source: Terri Rios 630-966-7666