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Riverside JROTC Raider Team to compete in North Carolina

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Riverside High School's JROTC Raider Team recently competed in the West Virginia State Best of the Best tournament at Spring Valley High School.

There were seven events: a 5K team run, Army physical fitness test, knot-tying relay, rope bridge construction, litter carry relay, HMMWV (Humvee) pull and a logistics relay consisting of tire flips, an ammo can race, low crawling and sprinting.

The cadets received first place in the 5K run, physical fitness test and litter carry relay as well as second place in the knot-tying relay. Cadet Cecil Dean earned an individual medal for having the highest male fitness test score.

As a result of their performance, the team will compete at a Best of the Best Raider event April 27 at UNC-Charlotte. The trip, paid for by the Army, marks the first time a Kanawha County JROTC program has been invited to such an event. More than 300 teams on the East Coast competed, with only the top two teams from each state selected to go to North Carolina. JROTC members who participated were Lt. Col. Logan Peterson, Command Sgt. Maj. David Dean, Command Sgt. Maj. Vincent Bird, Capt. Charles Stevenson, Sgt. Cecil Dean, Sgt. 1st Class Clay Ingram, 1st Sgt. Nicholas Caruthers, Staff Sgt. Nicholas Burgess and Staff Sgt. Nathan Nutter.


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