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JROTC team competes at nationals
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The competition season has come to an end for Warren County High School’s Pioneer Battalion JROTC Raider Team. Its last competition, the JROTC Raider Nationals, was last weekend.
“The team competed admirably and although they did not place in the top five teams in the nation, they did have success through the year,” said 1st Sgt. Timothy Howard.
National competition was held at the Gerald Lawhorn Boy Scout Camp in Molena, Ga.
The team started the season June 25 with workouts — push-ups, sit-ups, running, obstacle courses and rucksack carries — preparing for the events to come. As school began, the regular season did as well.
Over the season, the team also competed in the Scenic City Raider Challenge held in Tunnel Hill, Ga., the Boxwell Commando Raider Challenge in Lebanon, and the York Institute Raider Challenge in Jamestown, winning a third-place trophy and two fourth-place honors.
“As they performed through the year, they seemed to get better, stronger and faster each time,” said Howard. “The JROTC Raider Team is a team that works real hard to be good at a multitude of events.”
Raider competitions, says Howard, are all-day events that consists of five to seven activities that are grueling on the body. Teams must prepare themselves mentally and physically to last, Howard said, sometimes into the night. Members depend on their teammates to carry them through the challenges.
This year’s Raider Team includes James Pease, Keona Boyd, Abraham Villafuerte, Bryan Rabideau, Oscar Ramirez, William Whitworth, Stephanie Rainey, Brooke Valenta, Holden Whitworth, Tommy Juarez, Trence James, Jeffrey Adam, Lexy Newby, Austin Blackwell, Robert Hodges, Joshua Wood, Jacob Baehman, Justin Warner, Samantha Howard, Dylan Musick, Charles Hale, Jake Bryant-Shock, and Erin Johnson.
Now that the season has ended, team members will get a break for the next two months and return in January to maintain their fitness level.