• JROTC Raiders place 2nd at nationals

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  • Leavenworth High School Junior ROTC
    The Leavenworth High School Junior ROTC Raiders traveled to Molena, Ga., Nov. 4-5 to compete in the U.S. Army Cadet Command JROTC National Raider Championships and came away as the runner-up in the mixed division.
    The Leavenworth co-ed team competed against 33 of the best Raider teams from across the nation, including schools from New York, Wisconsin, Florida, Indiana, Texas and Kentucky.
    The teams competed against each other in five grueling events — a five-kilometer terrain run over steep hills, a cross-country rescue course involving four heavy rucksacks and an 80-pound litter carried through obstacles in wooded terrain, a physical team test involving obstacles, a gauntlet in which heavy rucks were hauled over walls and through a wooded course, and a one-rope bridge over a 90-foot-wide stream.
    The Leavenworth Raiders finished one point behind the winning team. The competition was so close, in fact, that if the team had completed their rope-bridge crossing five seconds faster or shaved eight seconds off their physical team test time, they would have been the champions.
    As it stands, the co-ed team’s second-place finishes in the 5K, gauntlet and cross-country rescue, and third-place in the physical team test and one-rope bridge for an overall second-place in the nation represents the best result ever for any LHS Raider team at this competition.
    There were other bright spots for the team as well. The Leavenworth female team placed sixth out of 16 teams, including a fourth place in the physical team test event, and the male team placed 14th out of 31 teams against some very tough competition.
    Cadet Lillian Brewster placed second in the female division of the Ultimate Raider individual competition, completing a successful event for the Leavenworth Raiders.
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