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The Grant County High Schools JROTC Raider team traveled to Hamlin, West Virginia with 33 team members 10 parents and three Army JROTC Instructors on Oct. 12 and competed against 17 other High School JROTC Raider Teams.


They ended up bringing home the “Overall Raider Championship Trophy” from this event.

There were two past West Virginia State Raider Teams Champions making up the completion rosters.

“After a sluggish start on the strength test and obstacles course, the GCHS ‘Dog Soldiers’ pulled together and demonstrated real perseverance, determination and teamwork in all the other events and finished the day winning the overall championship trophy against some tough competition from the hills and mountains of West Virginia,” said CSM (retired) Charles Duffee, senior army instructor at GCHS.

“Our Dog Soldiers may have not been from the mountains and Hill of West Virginia, but they climbed every mountain, met every challenge that was put in front of them and brought back the overall championship trophy to Grant County,” he added.

The Dog Soldiers won first place trophies in the 5K Run, First Aid Practical Test, Cross Country Run and a second place  trophy for One Rope Bridge.
“This win will help us in our endeavor to win at Southern High School on Oct. 19 in Louisville,” Duffee said.

Duffee said a strong there will better prepare them for the upcoming U.S. Army Cadet Command National Competition in Molena, Georgia on Nov. 2 and Nov. 3.

“The cadets that are on this team have the capability to compete at the highest levels as demonstrated by the successes they have attained,” Duffee said. “ We couldn’t do it with the amount of positive community and parent support we receive.”