Sun Valley ROTC

Sun Valley cadets are fitness champs

Delaware County Council presented a resolution to six members of the Sun Valley High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, or Junior ROTC, girls’ physical fitness team for earning the 2016 National High School Physical Fitness Championship. Shown are, from left, Angela Sauter-Faga, Elaina Reynolds, Cassie L. Morris, Vice Chair Colleen Morrone, Elizabeth C. Luoma, Shelby C. Jackson, Stephanie Farnsworth and their coach, Master Gunnery Sergeant James Pearn, and back row, Council members Mike Culp, Chairman Mario Civera J., John McBlain and Dave White.

Sun Valley Pledge

JROTC cadet leads the pledge

JROTC cadet commander Elizabeth Luoma, a student at Sun Valley High School, led the Pledge of Allegiance at the Sept. 28 Delaware County Council meeting at the Government Center in Media. Cadet Luoma is one of six members of the 2016 National High School Physical Fitness Championship team from Sun Valley.


Delaware County Council recognized six young women who excelled in a grueling physical fitness challenge conducted by the United States Marines Youth Foundation.

The Sun Valley High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, or Junior ROTC, girls’ physical fitness team captured first place in the 2016 National High School Physical Fitness Championships, hosted in May by the U.S. Marine Youth Foundation in San Diego, Calif.

Three of the team members graduated in June and three are still students at Sun Valley High School, but all six gathered for the well-deserved recognition.

“In Delaware County, we are always proud of the students we have who excel in all areas including academics, arts and athletics,” said Council Vice Chair Colleen Morrone. “These cadets won the regional competition in March, which earned them a spot at the nationals in May. This year marks their second championship title. They beat our 37,000 cadets nationwide!”

This is no easy competition. These cadets trained for hours all year to compete in crunches, push-ups, standing long jump, pull-ups and the 300-yard shuttle run. The judges are all Marines, Morrone explained.

“These cadets and their coach, Master Gunnery Sergeant James Pearn, deserve a lot of credit. And we should note that JROTC is not just about physical fitness. Junior ROTC is a program offered to high schools that teaches students character education, student achievement, wellness, leadership, and diversity,” Morrone said. “This training gives them many skills that will help them succeed in military or civilian endeavors.”

Members of the championship team are cadets Stephanie Farnsworth, Shelby C. Jackson, Elizabeth C. Luoma, Cassie L. Morris, Elaina Reynolds and Angela Sauter-Faga. They attended the Sept. 28 County Council meeting with their coach, Master Gunnery Sergeant James Pearn.