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The Grant County High School JROTC traveled to Eastern Kentucky University for the Senior ROTC Raider Challenge on Sept. 28.
There were 37 teams from 23 different high schools competing which equates to at least 370 cadet competitors. But, there are two alternates on each team, accounting for another 74 cadets, which equals to 444 cadets actively participating in the competition at any given moment. With each teams cadet support squads there were well over 550 JROTC Cadets on the ground.
The GCHS “Dog Soldiers” won the overall tug-of-war finishing first out of 37 teams and represented Grant County well in other competitions such as the telephone pole run carry.
“It was a very challenging competition with some great teams providing some hard fought competition for our ‘dog soldiers,’” said CSM (retired) Charles Duffee, senior Army JROTC instructor at GCHS.
Grant County’s JROTC also excelled on the Modified Physical Fitness Test posting a team average of 273 which allowed them to win the event.
“This fantastic performance and this exertion deserves a well earned congratulations,” Duffee said. “These students earned all the honors because of all the hard work they are putting forth at our practices. Getting in shape it pays off with these demonstrated results.”
The ‘Dog Soldiers” will compete in West Virginia on Oct. 12.