The Riverdale JROTC program is experiencing another exciting year. This year’s Raider Battalion continues to be very promising and has demonstrated exceptional potential all year. Last year we earned another perfect Honor Unit with Distinction by scoring 400 out of 400 points on our Unit Report. We continue to encourage all cadets to set outstanding examples and use their knowledge of JROTC to help the new cadets. With the combined effort of our returning cadets, our new cadets, and parents, we have been a part of a fun and productive year in JROTC. This year will be especially exciting as we will have our 5 year Formal Inspection from our Brigade Headquarters.
         The number of students enrolling in JROTC has been increasing each year at Riverdale and throughout the county. This year we have over 300 cadets enrolled in JROTC. Captain Amy Taylor heads our distinguished instructional staff here at Riverdale. First Sergeant Michael Trent started his 23rd year here at Riverdale. Sergeant First-Class Charles Benintende and Sergeant First-Class Baxter Pittman continue to also be vital parts of the amazing instructional staff. Each year a new Battalion Staff is appointed for the year. The Battalion Staff is responsible for planning and running nearly all of the battalion’s operations. They are the chain of command for your son or daughter. It is imperative that your son or daughter learn the names of those cadets in the chain of command and what positions they hold. All cadets will be quizzed on the chain of command during the weekly inspections.
          Our Uniform day is Wednesday of every week. With the alternating block schedule your son or daughter will only have to wear scheduled that day. This will actually reduce the number of days the cadets get to wear their uniform to 2 or 3 times a month. The first Wednesday of each month cadets will wear the Army Service Uniform (ASU), blue pants and grey shirt, once they are issued. Cadets are required to wear the uniform the entire day and will be graded on how well they wear it during Inspection on that day. The uniform inspection will count for twenty-five percent of the students overall grade. We hope to have all of the cadets in uniform by the middle of October. The uniforms are issued free of charge, we ask that the blue pants be dry cleaned only, the ACU (camouflage) pants and the grey shirts may go in the regular laundry. The cadets will have to return the Uniform at the end of the school year and will be charged if they lose any of the issued items.

Battalion Staff

This year’s Battalion Staff is as follows:

B.N.C.O.: Miss Sara Perkins

P.C.B.O.: Miss Nilsa Villanueva

Battalion X.O.: Mr. Alexander Nalewaik

C.S.M: Miss Esperanza Menard

S-1: Miss Alyssa Peters

S-2: Mr. Owen Ballantine

S-3: Mr. Adrian Zurita

S-4: Mr. Kennyel Mota

S-5: Miss Victoria Serano

S-6: Mr. Braum Kehoe

S-7: Mr. Joseph Manzoni

S-8: Miss Olivia Phan

P.A.O.: Miss Isabella Migliozzi

JROTC Calendar

Each year JROTC cadets participate in many exciting activities and community support projects. The events scheduled are as follows:
2017 - 2018 Dates
  • To Be Posted
*Any changes in dates or unmentioned events will be posted on the bulletin board inside the JROTC room.

Focus on Success - Perkins


If you have any questions about the JROTC Program at Riverdale, then contact our instructors:

Captain Taylor, [email protected]

First Sergeant Trent, [email protected]

Sergeant First-Class Benintende, [email protected]

Sergeant First-Class Pittman, [email protected]

or call at 239-694-4141 x 286


Riverdale JROTC went to the Spring Raider competition at Mariner High School on 5 May 2018. The competition consisted of five events: PT test of one minute push-ups and sit-ups, Rope Bridge with one mile run, cross country rescue with 2.5 miles with 30 pound rucksacks and 100 pound litter carry, a 50 yard sprint with 100 yard tractor tire flip, and ½ mile obstacle course with 10 obstacles and an 8 foot wall.  

Our Mixed-Gender Varsity Team fought some hard competition from Sarasota Military Academy, Ridgeline High School, as well as other schools within Lee County and earned 2nd Place overall. Our RHS cadets on that team were (in rank order):

  • Cadet Captain Cruz
  • Cadet Young
  • Cadet Co-Captain Samayoa
  • Cadet Vasquez
  • Cadet Francisco
  • Cadet Soto
  • Cadet Gonzalez
  • Cadet Phan
  • Cadet Perkins
  • Cadet Peters

On another exciting endeavor, Cadet Area Commander Sara Perkins was recognized last week at the District Area Award Ceremony. FOX 4 News covered the event and also interviewed her. In case you missed it, here is the link to see the interview:

RHS JROTC State Drill Team

RHS' JROTC Female Unarmed Drill Team won 3rd place at the State Drill Meet!

The cadets did fabulous. They received a third place in their category out of 32 teams. There were only two JROTC programs in the district that place. Please congratulate these cadets on such well-deserved recognition. 
The following cadets competed at Geroge Jenkins HS in Lakeland, Florida, on 1 April 2017:
  • Lindsey Hagadish
  • Ariana Farmer
  • Victoria Serrano
  • Esperanza Menard
  • Grace Miller
  • Destiny Scritchfield
  • Nilsa Villanueva
1SG Michael R. Trent


2017 RHS JROTC Leadership TeamCongratulations to the Riverdale Leadership Team - Esperanza Menard, Alex Nalewaik, Rhiannon Smith, Adrian Zurita, and Sara Perkins – for coming in 1st place in Level II of the JROTC National Leadership Bowl! Out of 1,310 teams from programs across the United States and overseas, the Riverdale Leadership Team was one of only 40 teams to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete at the National Leadership Bowl in June this past summer. For more details, please visit the College Options Foundation.