Liberty High School NJROTC

2018 - 2019 Distinguished Unit Award Winner

2019 - 2020 Unit Achievement Award Winner

SELF-DISCIPLINE OVER SELF-ESTEEM

Who We Are

Since our Unit's Commissioning in 2002, the Instructors and Cadets of the Patriot Company have strived to live up to the Navy's motto of "Honor, Courage, and Commitment." We also believe that one's self discipline is more important than one's self esteem because with improved self discipline comes improved self esteem!

Located in Renton, Washington in the Great Northwest and just southeast of Seattle, the Liberty High School Navy JROTC Unit enjoys a close proximity to the Puget Sound, Lake Washington, and the Cascade Mountains. This area is rich in nautical history and heritage. We are proud of our extremely supportive school and community, and strive to stay active in school and community service projects to keep our area one of the jewels of the Northwest.

Liberty NJROTC Awarded NRA Foundation Grant

NRA Grant Enables Liberty H.S. NJROTC Marksmanship Program to Grow

Over the past four years Liberty High School's NJROTC marksmanship program has seen a significant increase in interest and participation. Captain Deehr, the team's coach said, "When I first arrived at Liberty in the fall of 2016 we had more rifles than participants. However, the continued growth of the NJROTC program as a whole, has meant continued growth of the marksmanship program to the point that in the fall of 2019, I had significantly more participants than available rifles and I had to cut cadets from the team." It costs nearly $750.00 to properly outfit one air rifle participant and although Captain Deehr wanted to purchase additional equipment, the funding to do so was not available. Captain Deehr then learned of the NRA Foundation Grant Program while providing Color Guard services for the Friends of the NRA annual fundraising dinner and auction in Renton. "Several members of the organization encouraged me to apply for a grant while we were there conducting the Color Guard, so I decided I would give it a shot," Captain Deehr said. While he had never applied for a grant in the past, he said the process was relatively simple and allowed him to selected the desired equipment and place it in a cart, similar to shopping on Amazon. Once he was done selecting the equipment the team needed he hit the submit button and waited. That was in November of 2019, and by late January he was notified that the grant request had been approved and while they did not get everything they requested, they did receive five Crosman Challenger PCP air rifles and two spotting scopes that arrived at the school in April. The value of the grant is nearly $3500.00 and will allow Liberty's NJROTC Marksmanship program to grow from 15 to 20 participants. Everyone in the program looks forward to the growth and being able to better compete with the other JROTC air rifle teams in the Pacific Northwest.

Cadet Kylee Cosand takes aim in the kneeling position with a Crosman PCP Challenger Air Rifle during a JROTC air rifle competition.

Cadet Jeffery Pan steadies his aim on the target using a Crosman PCP Challenger Air Rifle during a recent JROTC air rifle competition.

LHS NJROTC Awarded the 2020

Unit Achievement Award

On Wednesday, 03 June 2020, Patriot Company held its annual awards ceremony. Unlike previous years, when the ceremony was held in the school's Landback Auditorium, this year's ceremony was held virtually via Zoom video conference. Captain Deehr and Chief Spears, dressed in their summer white uniforms, presented all the awards from the NJROTC classroom as they displayed the names of award winners on a large screen from a power point presentation. Despite some technical limitations, the it was a huge success with over 120 computers and nearly 250 people viewing the ceremony. We even had several participants logged in from out of town and some even viewed it from overseas. Several highlights of the evening included announcing the Cadets of the Year (NS1 - R. Irene Miller, NS2 - Sofia VanHuss, NS3 - Khanh Dao, and NS4 - Olivia Van Ry), Echo Platoon being named the 2020 Honor Platoon, the announcement of the new Cadet Staff, and Patriot Company being awarded the Unit Achievement Award for the 2020 School Year. Unit Achievement status is determined by the US Navy's Area Manager and awarded only to those units that demonstrated exceptional performance. Patriot Company was recognized with this award despite several high profile and required events being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Congratulations to all the individual and team award winners! Their recognition is well deserved. The entire presentation is below for your personal viewing pleasure.

AWARDS NIGHT 2020.pdf

Liberty High School Principal, Sean Martin and Patriot Company cadets display the drill meet, individual, and division awards they earned on Saturday and during the 2019-2020 drill season.

Patriot Company Crowned NW Drill & Rifle Conference - Puget Sound Division Champion

On Saturday, 29 February 2020, Patriot Company hosted seven local JROTC schools and nearly 300 cadets for the final JROTC drill meet of the 2019-2020 school year. Patriot Company was looking to build on their recent success and complete an undefeated regular season. Executing on all cylinders they brought home six first place finishes in eight competitive categories and racked up 91 team points to complete their undefeated season and were crowned the Northwest Drill and Rifle Conference Puget Sound Division Champion. Congratulations to the following teams and individuals:

Team Awards:

Color Guard Team 1: First Place

Color Guard Team 2: Second Place

Unarmed Drill Team: Third Place

Armed Drill Team: First Place

Academics Team 1: First Place

Academics Team 2: Second Place

Physical Fitness Team 2: First Place

Sporter Air Rifle: First Place

Precision Air Rifle: First Place

Individual Awards:

Christopher Lew - Armed Drill Team Commander: First Place

Kaitlin Lew - Iron Woman Award: First Place

Emily Lew - Iron Woman Award: Second Place

Sanjana Addanki - Academics Exam: Second Place

Jacob Hill - Academics Exam: Third Place

Carson Tucker - Individual Armed Exhibition: First Place

Mathea Caole - Precision Air Rifle: First Place

Chairstian Castro - Precision Air Rifle: Second Place

Faith Ellis - Precision Air Rifle: Third Place

Thomas Bennett - Armed Drill Down: Third Place

As a result of their outstanding season, Patriot Company qualified the following teams and individuals to compete in the Northwest Drill and Rifle Conference Championships at Rogers High School in Puyallup. Wa. on 21 March, where they will compete against the very best JROTC teams in western Washington and northwest Oregon.

Color Guard Teams 1 & 2

Armed Drill Team

Physical Fitness Team 2

Academics Team 1 & 2

Sporter Air Rifle

Precision Air Rifle

Mathew Martin - Individual Armed Exhibition


Sofia VanHuss (left - 10) and Ivan Bourdon (right - 11) take aim at their targets during the Sporter Air Rifle competition. Ivan Bourdon shot a season high 481 (out of 600) to help Liberty take first place in the Sporter Air Rifle competition.

Emily Lew (10) reacts to completing the maximum allowable push-ups (120) in the Physical Fitness competition. Her sister, Kaitlin, also completed 120 push-ups and they both led Patriot Company's Physical Fitness Team 2 to a first place finish and the division championship.

Principal Sean Martin presents Faith Ellis (11), the Unarmed Drill Team Commander, with the third place award for the Unarmed Drill Team competition.

From left to right: Cadets Olivia Van Ry (12), Jacob Hill (12) and Christopher Lew (12), hold the Puget Sound Division Championship plaque presented to Patriot Company following their undefeated drill season.

Patriot Company Participates in the 10th Annual Inland SeaPerch Competition

On Friday, 21 February 2020, six cadets and three chaperones made the trip to Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington to compete in the 10th Annual Inland SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Competition. Five high schools and numerous middle schools were competing to earn a spot in the National SeaPerch Challenge at the University of Maryland in June. With two teams and two remotely operated vehicles in hand, Patriot Company earned both a first and second place finish in the Engineering Process and Technical Documentation portion of the competition and after three in-water competitions Patriot Company finished second overall, falling just short of qualifying of the National Challenge.

From left to right: Cadets Sofia VanHuss, Christian Castro, and Carson Tucker maneuver the ROV through the obstacle course which was one of three in-water competitions.

From left to right: Cadets Alan Castillo, David Johnston, and Dani Widdows, make some last minute adjustments to their ROV prior to an in-water competition.

One of the in-water competitions was to place a green cap on the top of a street cone. During this competition the helmsman of the ROV could only watch the video screen from the camera that was attached to the ROV.

Patriot Company Wins Kentwood Drill Meet!

On Saturday, 08 February 2020, Patriot Company competed in the third drill meet of the season at Kentwood High School in Kent, Washington. We competed against the following local high school JROTC teams: Graham Kapowsin (Army JRTOC), Kentwood (Marine Corps JROTC), Federal Way (Air Force JROTC), Todd Beamer (Air Force JROTC), Auburn Mountain View (Army JROTC), Bremerton (Navy JROTC), and Spanaway Lake (Navy JROTC).

After garnering over 150 team points and winning their first two drill meets, Patriot Company piled up over 70 team points at Kentwood and and took the top team spot again. Liberty NJROTC remains undefeated this drill season. Liberty’s next Drill meet is Saturday, 29 February right here at Liberty! Please come out and support the Cadets as they compete and work toward being crowned the Puget Sound Division Champion!

Team Awards

  • Physical Fitness Team 2 - First Place

  • Precision Air Rifle - First Place

  • Armed Drill Team - Second Place

  • Academics Team 1 - Second Place

  • Sporter Air Rifle Team 1 - Second Place

  • Color Guard Team 1 - Third Place

  • Unarmed Drill Team - Third Place

Individual Awards

  • Christopher Lew - Armed Drill Team Commander - First Place

  • Kaitlin Lew - Female Individual Physical Fitness - First Place

  • Emily Lew - Female Individual Physical Fitness - Second Place

  • Olivia Burch - Female Individual Physical Fitness - Third Place

  • Sanjana Addanki - Academics - Second Place

  • Thomas Le - Sporter Air Rifle - Second Place

  • Christian Castro - Precision Air Rifle - First Place

  • Mathea Caole - Precision Air Rifle - Second Place

  • Faith Ellis - Precision Air Rifle - Third Place

  • Faith Ellis - Unarmed Team Commander - Third Place

  • Lindsay Carvalho - Unarmed Drill Down - Third Place

(Below) Cadets Kaitlin Lew (10), Olivia Burch (9) and Carson Tucker (11) lead the pack in the mile run of the physical fitness competition. Patriot Company's Physical Fitness Team 2 took first place with Kaitlin Lew, Olivia Burch, and Emily Lew sweeping the Iron Woman awards!

Cadet Daniel Tsang (11) has his drill rifle inspected by an active duty Army Soldier during the armed drill team personnel inspection. Patriot Company Armed Drill Team brought home the second place team award and Cadet Lieutenant Commander Christopher Lew was awarded the top team commander award.

Cadet First Class Petty Officer Thomas Le (12) accepts the silver medal for having the second highest individual score in the Sporter Air Rifle competition.

Cadets from Patriot Company display the team and individual awards they brought home from the Graham Kapowsin drill meet on Saturday, 18 January 2020.

Patriot Company Wins The Graham Kapowsin Drill Meet!

On Saturday, 18 January 2020, Patriot Company competed in their second drill meet of the season at Graham Kapowsin High School in Graham. We competed against the following local high school JROTC teams: Graham Kapowsin (Army JRTOC), Kentwood (Marine Corps JROTC), Federal Way (Air Force JROTC), Todd Beamer (Air Force JROTC), Auburn Mountain View (Army JROTC), Bremerton (Navy JROTC), and Spanaway Lake (Navy JROTC). As usual, it was a spirited competition!

After garnering 70 team points and winning the first drill meet, Patriot Company piled up 82 team points at Graham Kapowsin and and took the top team spot again. Liberty’s next Drill meet is Saturday, 08 February at Kentwood High School.

Team Awards

  • Color Guard Team 1 - First Place

  • Color Guard Team 2 - Third Place

  • Unarmed Drill Team - Fourth Place

  • Armed Drill Team - Third Place

  • Academics Team 1 - First Place

  • Academics Team 2 - Second Place

  • Precision Air Rifle - First Place

  • Sporter Air Rifle Team 1 - Second Place

  • Physical Fitness Team 1 - First Place

Individual Awards

  • Christopher Lew - Armed Drill Team Commander - First Place

  • Kaitlin Lew - Female Individual Physical Fitness - First Place

  • Jacob Hill - Academics - First Place

  • Mathea Caole - Precision Air Rifle - First Place

  • Christopher Lew - Precision Air Rifle - Second Place

  • Faith Ellis - Precision Air Rifle - Third Place

  • Jeffrey Pan - Sporter Air Rifle - Third Place

  • Matthew Martin - Individual Armed Drill Exhibition - First Place


Cadet Seaman Jeffrey Pan takes aim at his target during the Sporter Air Rifle competition. Liberty's Sporter team finished in second place and Cadet Pan brought home a bronze medal for third place in the individual standings.

Cadet Petty Officer First Class Matthew Martin stands by to receive the gold medal for his first place finish in the Individual Armed Exhibition competition.

Cadets (from left to right), Emily Lew (10), Olivia Van Ry(12), Justin Le (10), Kaitlin Lew (10), Carson Tucker (11), Matthew Martin (10), Christopher Baham (9), Colby Van Ry(10), Bryan Rosenfelt (9), and Sofia VanHuss (10) prepare to participate in the Physical Strength competition. Physical Strength Team 2 finished in first place and Cadet Kaitlin Lew brought home the gold medal for Iron Woman competition.

Patriot Company Wins the First Drill Meet of the JROTC Drill Season!

On Saturday, 11 January 2020, Patriot Company kicked off the 2019-2020 drill season in fine fashion at Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way. Competing against the following local high school JROTC teams: Graham Kapowsin (Army JRTOC), Kentwood (Marine Corps JROTC), Federal Way (Air Force JROTC), Todd Beamer (Air Force JROTC), Auburn Mountain View (Army JROTC), Bremerton (Navy JROTC), and Spanaway Lake (Navy JROTC), Patriot Company picked up where they left off season by placing in 7 of 10 competitive categories and winning the overall competition. Liberty’s next Drill meet is Saturday, 18 January at Graham Kapowsin High School.

Team Awards

  • Color Guard Team 1 - Third Place

  • Color Guard Team 2 - First Place

  • Armed Drill Team - Second Place

  • Academics Team 1 - Second Place

  • Academics Team 2 - Third Place

  • Precision Air Rifle - First Place

  • Sporter Air Rifle Team 1 - Second Place

  • Physical Fitness Team 2 - First Place

Individual Awards

  • Christopher Lew - Armed Drill Team Commander - First Place

  • Christopher Lew - Individual Armed Exhibition - Second Place

  • Kaitlin Lew - Female Individual Physical Fitness - First Place

  • Olivia Burch - Female Individual Physical Fitness - Third Place

  • Christian Castro - Precision Air Rifle - First Place

  • Mathea Caole - Precision Air Rifle - Second Place

  • Christopher Lew - Precision Air Rifle - Third Place

  • Thomas Bennett - Unarmded Drill Down - First Place

Members of Patriot Company display the seven plaques and numerous individual awards they earned at the first JROTC drill meet of the season. Patriot Company garnered over 70 team points and came away with a first place team finish.

Color Guard Team 2 led by Cadet Chief Petty Officer Carson Tucker, stand by to conduct the Color Guard routine in front of active duty military judges. Team 2 brought home a first place plaque.

Patriot Company's Armed Drill Team, led by Cadet Lieutenant Christopher Lew stand by to be inspected prior to their regulation and exhibition routine. The armed drill team came away with a second place finish.

Cadet First Class Petty Officer Thomas Bennett reacts to winning the Unarmed Drill Down competition.

Cadet Seaman Olivia Burch (left) and Cadet First Class Petty Officer Kaitlin Lew (right) stand by to receive their bronze and gold medals for finishing 3rd and 1st respectively in the Iron Woman Physical Fitness competition.

Patriot Company Selected as a 2018-19 Distinguished Unit!

On Thursday, 23 May 2019, Patriot Company held their annual awards ceremony. At this event numerous outside organizations are on hand to recognize the hard work of the cadets over the past school year and present Patriot Company's top performing cadets with certificates and medals for their outstanding performance throughout the year. At this year's event we were also pleased to announce that Patriot Company was selected by Admiral Sands, Commander, Naval Service Training Command, as a Distinguished Unit Award winner. The award citation reads:

The Commander Naval Service Training Command takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Unit Award to Liberty High School for outstanding performance during the 2018-2019 school year. In recognition of the exceptional professional ability, initiative and dedication demonstrated by its Naval Science Instructors; the outstanding support provided by the school administration; the excellent atmosphere prevalent throughout the school in support of the Navy Junior ROTC Program; the exemplary appearance, military bearing, and courtesies exhibited by its cadets; the active participation of the unit in support of school, community and other extracurricular activities and services; and the superb discipline demonstrated by the cadets during drill meets and other public appearances, the Liberty High School Junior ROTC unit has been selected as a Distinguished Unit.

T. N. Daseler

NJROTC Program Director

Selection as a Distinguished Unit is truly indicative of the dedication and hard work of the cadets involved!

Cadet Lieutenant Commander Alex Pham (left) and Cadet Lieutenant Kerrek Matson (right) hold the Distinguished Unit streamer awarded to Patriot Company for their performance during the 2018-19 school year, while Captain Deehr (far left) and Chief Spears look on.

Cadet Second Class Petty Officer Matthew Martin was selected as the 2018-19 NS1 Distinguished Cadet.

Cadet Chief Petty Officer Faith Ellis was selected as the 2018-19 NS2 Distinguished Cadet.

Cadet Senior Chief Petty Officer Olivia Van Ry was selected as the 2018-19 NS3 Distinguished Cadet.

Patriot Company Qualifies for SeaPerch National Challenge!

On Saturday, 27 April 2019, Patriot Company's Sea Perch Team competed in the Kitsap Regional Underwater ROV competition. After providing a technical presentation & notebook to the judges and competing in two in-water maneuverability exercises, Patriot Company finished first in both categories and brought home the regional championship which qualified them to compete at the Sea Perch Nationals at the University of Maryland on 01-02 June.

Captain Deehr (far left) poses with Patriot Company's SeaPerch Team after they won the Kitsap Regional Underwater ROV Competition on Saturday. Team members include from left to right: Cadets Timothy Caole, Faith Ellis, Dominic Ogino, Evan Rosenfelt, Kaitlin Lew, Mathea Caole, Sofia VanHuss, and Carson Tucker.

Cadet Even Rosenfelt briefs the judges on the process Patriot Company used to build their ROV.

Patriot Company tests their ROV's buoyancy prior to the competetion.

Cadet Carson Tucker maneuvers Patriot Company's ROV through the obstacle course as the judges look on.

Cadet Faith Ellis prepares to put the ROV in the water.

From left to right: Cadets Sofia VanHuss, Faith Ellis, Carson Tucker, Dominic Ogino, and Tim Caole hold the winning ROV!

Patriot Company Participates in the Northwest Drill and Rifle Conference Championships!

On Saturday, March 16, 2019, Patriot Company completed their drill season by participating in the Northwest Drill and Rifle Conference Championships at Oregon City High School in Oregon City, Oregon. The Northwest Drill and Rifle Conference is made up of 32 JROTC high schools from throughout the Puget Sound area. The Regional Championships pits the best teams from the conference against one another in order to determine the very best teams and the best overall school in the conference. Patriot Company qualified the following teams:

Color Guard Team 1 (Olivia Van Ry, Kerrek Matson, Daniel Tsang, Colby Van Ry)

Color Guard Team 2 (Faith Ellis, Mathea Caole, Chandler Alexander, Carson Tucker)

Physical Fitness Team (Justin Le, Taylor Nicole Le, Emily Lew, Kaitlin Lew, Daniel Tsang)

Academics Team (Lenna Weiss, Evan Rosenflet, Jacob Hill, Carson Tucker, Khanh Dao)

Precision Air Rifle (Faith Ellis, Chandler Alexander, Olivia Van Ry, Christopher Lew, Mathea Caole)

While Patriot Company did not fair as well overall as they had hoped we did achieve the following noteworthy team results:

Physical Fitness finished 2nd

Precision Air Rifle finished 4th

Color Guard Team 2 finished 6th

Individual awards went to:

Mathea Caole (11th grade) for finishing 4th in Precision Air Rifle

Kaitlin Lew (9th grade) was crowned the Conference Iron Woman for being the female Cadet to score the most points on the physical fitness test.

Patriot Company finished 6th overall in the conference.

Cadet Seaman Kaitlin Lew (9) stands by to receive the Conference Iron Woman Award which is given to the female Cadet who scores the most points on the physical fitness test. Cadet Lew finished with 409 points outpacing her nearest competitor by 72 points!

From left to right: Cadets Olivia Van Ry (11), Christopher Lew (11), Chandler Alexander (12), and Mathea Caole (11) take aim during the precision air rifle competition. Mathea Caole led the team with a season high score of 572 out of a possible 600.

Cadets Chandler Alexander, Kerrek Matson, and Olivia Van Ry push Cadet Taylor-Nicole Le (10th grade) to finish strong during the mile run.

Cadets Daniel Tsang (10), Carson Tucker (10), and Christoper Lew (11) compete during the Individual Armed Drill Down.

Patriot Company Wins the Todd Beamer Drill Meet, 23 February 2019

NJROTC had a very successful drill meet on Saturday and 2018-19 drill season overall. In addition to winning numerous awards at their last regular season meet of the year, they also brought home several Northwest Drill and Rifle Conference Puget Sound Division awards.

We competed against the following local high school JROTC teams: Graham Kapowsin (Army JRTOC), Kentwood (Marine Corps JROTC), Federal Way (Air Force JROTC), Todd Beamer (Air Force JROTC), Auburn Mountain View (Army JROTC), Bremerton (Navy JROTC), and Spanaway Lake (Navy JROTC). As usual, it was a spirited competition with Liberty narrowly beating Kentwood High School 48-46 for the overall win!

Todd Beamer Drill Meet Team Awards:

Color Guard Team 2 - First Place Academics Team - First Place

Physical Fitness Team - First Place Precision Air Rifle - First Place

Color Guard Team 1 - Third Place Armed Drill Team - Third Place

Sporter Air Rifle Team - Third Place

Todd Beamer Drill Meet Individual Awards:

Khahn Dao - Academics - First Place

Carson Tucker - Academics - Second Place

Lenna Weiss - Academics - Third Place

Kaitlin Lew - Female Individual Physical Fitness - First Place

Emily Lew - Female Individual Physical Fitness - Second Place

Katelin Ovsak - Female Individual Physical Fitness - Third Place

Mathea Caole - Precision Air Rifle - First Place

Christopher Lew - Precision Air Rifle - Second Place

Chandler Alexander - Precision Air Rifle - Third Place

Daniel Tsang - Armed Drill Down - Second Place

Northwest Drill and Rifle Conference Puget Sound Division Awards for the 2018-19 drill season:

Color Guard Team 1: Puget Sound Division Third Place - Regional Drill Competition Qualifier

Color Guard Team 2: Puget Sound Division Champion - Regional Drill Competition Qualifier

Academics Team: Puget Sound Division Champion - Regional Drill Competition Qualifier

Physical Fitness Team: Puget Sound Division Champion - Regional Drill Competition Qualifier

Precision Air Rifle: Puget Sound Division Champion - Regional Drill Competition Qualifier TBD

Sporter Air Rifle: Puget Sound Division Third Place

Kaitlin Lew: Puget Sound Division Iron Woman Champion

Cadet Petty Officer First Class Christopher Lew WOWS the Crowd at the Liberty High School Snowcoming Assembly - Watch the video!

Color Guard Presents for the Sounders

On Sunday, 28 October 2018, Liberty's NJROTC Color Guard Team, consisting of Cadet Petty Officer Second Class Olivia Van Ry (US Flag), Cadet Petty Officer First Class Lindsay Carvalho (Navy Flag), Cadet Petty Officer First Class Carson Tucker (Right Rifle) and Cadet Petty Officer First Class Faith Ellis (Left Rifle) presented the Colors before the Seattle Sounders FC final home game of the regular season at Century Link Field on Sunday. The Sounders won 2-1.