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RHS senior and NJROTC cadet Brianne Corwin (center) with her parents, Todd and Mary Anne Corwin. (credit: Paul Squire)

RHS senior and NJROTC cadet Brianne Corwin (center) with her parents, Todd and Mary Anne Corwin. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Brianne Corwin said she had no idea why Navy Recruiting District Commander David Byrd called her in for a second interview late last year. Brianne, a cadet in the Riverhead High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, had applied for a scholarship and had already done one interview.

She figured this one was more paperwork. But after an hour-long discussion, she learned why she had been singled out.

“At the very end he said, ‘Oh yeah, I’ve chosen you for the scholarship,’ ” she said. “It was so fast it’s almost like you could have missed it … I was so surprised.”

In December, Brianne was handpicked by Commander Byrd to receive a four-year Navy ROTC Scholarship. The prestigious scholarship — earned through the ROTC’s Immediate Scholarship Reservation — covers the full cost of tuition at selected schools.

She was one of six cadets chosen out of thousands in the NJROTC district to win the scholarship. Brianne will commit to five years of service in the Navy through the scholarship program after she graduates.

Brianne said she joined the NJROTC as a freshman with a few of her friends. Back then, she said, she was much more shy. She credits the cadet program with helping her open up.

“It looked fun and they were having a good time,” she said. “It was a good opportunity …”

During her four years in the program, Brianne has been a leader within the Riverhead ROTC unit. She is now the Executive Officer of the unit and is the Commander of the Air Rifle and Personal Inspection Teams.

In addition to spending about eight hours each week practicing or spending time working with the NJROTC, Brianne is also an accomplished student and athlete. According to a news release, she is in the top six percent of her class.

She is a member of the Students Against Drunk Driving Club and the National Honor Society.

Brianne is also on three school varsity teams: golf, tennis and track and field. She also enjoys volunteering, working with the Rotary Club through the NJROTC, Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch and her local church — First Congregational Church of Riverhead — to help others.

Brianne said she’d like to pursue a major in material sciences, specifically to work with 3D printing. She’s still waiting to hear back from her first-choice college, the University of Florida, and recently applied to the Naval Academy as well.

In a statement, Brianne’s guidance counselor Chris Martin said, “I am thrilled for Brianne and very proud of her accomplishments.  She really earned this. It is rare for me to see a student work so hard to achieve and improve her self.”

psquire@timesreview.com

05/26/14 12:40pm
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The annual Memorial Day Parade was held in Riverhead Monday morning. (Credit: Grant Parpan photos)

As the parade of veterans reached the corner of Main Street and Peconic Avenue, the dozens of residents who set up camp at that location for a prime view of the annual event began to clap their hands in tribute.

Then a booming voice rose above the rest of the sounds at the intersection.

“Thank you for your service,” a man yelled.

It is in the spirit of remembering our veterans — the dead and the living – that the Riverhead community lines its streets each Memorial Day for the town’s annual parade. (more…)

02/24/14 2:19pm
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Nicholas Deschamps will be attending the Merchant Marine Academy next year. Courtesy photo.

Nicholas Deschamps will be attending the Merchant Marine Academy next year. Courtesy photo.

Nicholas Deschamps, company senior chief with the Riverhead Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps and commander of its academic team, received an appointment to the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, and will plan on attending starting next summer.  (more…)

02/06/14 12:33pm
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SANDRA KOLBO COURTESY PHOTO | The Riverhead RJROTC's First Year Drill Team at the NJROTC unit's annual inspection and Pass-In-Review Feb. 1.

SANDRA KOLBO COURTESY PHOTO | The Riverhead RJROTC’s First Year Drill Team at the NJROTC unit’s annual inspection and Pass-In-Review Feb. 1.

The Riverhead NJROTC Drill Team took home a number of wins at the NJROTC Drill Meet Feb. 1, making them eligible for the seventh consecutive year for the upcoming Area Four Championship Meet. (more…)

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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Cadet Anthony Mammina is expected to receive the Meritorious Achievement Award, at Friday’s NJROTC awards event.

Riverhead High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, known as NJROTC, will conduct its annual inspection and hold an awards ceremony this Friday morning.

And Cadet Anthony Mammina is expected to receive the Meritorious Achievement Award, which school officials described as the “highest award a cadet can receive.”

Anthony was chosen for the award after an incident in which he administered first aid to a cross country competitor who had collapsed during a race at Sunken Meadow State Park on Sept. 29.

The runner had suffered an asthma attack and became unconscious.

“Although other competitors continued to run [passed] the fallen runner, Anthony’s first instinct was to stop and help,” Cmdr. J.W. Hankins said in a statement. “After the inhaler was administered and the runner regained consciousness, Anthony and another runner who had stopped to help carried the young man for approximately half a mile to a first aid station.”

In addition to honoring Anthony, the ROTC will conduct its annual inspection, Pass-In-Review and present other cadets with awards.

Friday’s event is open to the public and starts at 9 a.m. in the high school gymnasium.

jennifer@timesreview.com

10/09/12 2:30pm
10/09/2012 2:30 PM

COURTESY PHOTO | The Riverhead NJROTC drill team during a meet last year.

The Riverhead school board will vote on resolutions to approve four out-of-state or overnight field trips for the 2012-13 school year at its meeting Tuesday night, according to the session’s agenda.

The first trip request is to allow 40 cadets from the district’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program to participate in a drill meet competition in Bethel, Conn. on Nov. 17. Last year, the team earned five first place awards in the regional competition, which was also in Bethel.

The trip would cost the district no more than $1,200, according to the resolution.

A second field trip would let four qualifying students from the high school’s Varsity Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams participate in the Brown University Invitation in PRovidence, R.I. Attending the meet on October 20 would cost the district no more than $1,000.

About 45 students from the district’s seventh and eighth grade French Clubs and 10 adults would take a weekend trip to Quebec City, Canada in the spring, if the board approves the resolution.

The clubs would leave on a Friday, March 22, and return Monday, March 25. The trip would cost the school $750 for a school nurse to attend.

The final trip for approval is for the high school chamber choir, jazz ensemble and chamber orchestra to perform at the Disney Candlelight Processional in April. The trip for the roughly 100 students would cost $2,500 for a school nurse, substitute teachers and bus transportation for the students and chaperones to Islip airport.

The board will also vote to amend language in the March 2011 agreement between the district and the Riverhead Central Faculty Association to fit external auditors suggestions, superintendent Nancy Carney said. The change in language will have “absolutely no financial impact” on the district or on its teachers, she said.

The school board’s meeting is open to the public and will be held at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

psquire@timesreview.com