Zamzow leads Texas A&M freshman drill team to national title

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Zamzow Drill Team

Squad Commander Joyana Zamzow, Commander Aaron Barclay and Colorguard Commander Matthew Bierwagen led the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Fish Drill Team to a national championship Friday at the Tulane Invitational Drill Meet.

Joyana Zamzow, a Texas A&M University freshman and member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Fish Drill Team, competed in the Tulane University Invitational Drill Meet in New Orleans Friday, Feb 13. Zamzow and the Texas A&M freshman team won the National Championship.

Every year, Tulane’s NROTC Battalion hosts one of the largest drill meets in the nation. Traditionally held on the Friday before Fat Tuesday, The drill meet consists of platoon inspection, platoon armed basic drill, squad basic drill, color guard, platoon exhibition, and individual exhibition. Events are judged by senior enlisted U.S. Marines, whose thorough knowledge of the drill manual and drill competitions make them more than equal to the task.

This year, the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Fish Drill Team competed against approximately 40 other universities, including West Point, University of Texas and Auburn.

Fish Drill Team is a special unit composed entirely of freshman cadets. They compete in precision drill competitions around the country and have gone on to win the national championship almost every year since they were created in 1947.

Zamzow is one of the first female cadets to be selected as a commander of a squad. Her duties include verbal commands and taking her unit through a marching drill. They were judged on precision and execution of commands.

Joyana is the daughter of Randy and Melissa Zamzow of Henrietta, and a 2014 graduate of Henrietta High School.

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