GRC JROTC wins national championship at Raider nationals

Published 1:47 pm Monday, November 8, 2021

The George Rogers Clark High School JROTC went down to Georgia this weekend and came home as national champions.

Twenty-six cadets competed at the JRTOC All-Service Raider Nationals at Gerald Lawhorn Scouting Base in Molena, Georgia.

The competition consisted of 83 teams representing all services branches from the entire United States.

The team competition was on Friday and is comprised of four events: s 5k team run, a rope bridge, an obstacle course with weighted equipment, and a woodland obstacle course with weighted packs.

The men’s team came in first overall in the nation, and the women’s team came in fourth overall.

The men’s commander, Logan Dawson, was surprised when he heard his team’s name called  but said it was excellent to see their labor yield success.

“Being the commander it was definitely rewarding seeing how proud the team was but it also brings a tear seeing four years of hard work pay off,” Dawson said.

Ethan Muncie said that the competition “went so fast that it was a blur.” He thanked God for “blessing our team with this amazing victory.”

Jonathan Curry, a senior cadet, is one of two students who have been to Georgia every year since the corp started going.

“I have been fighting since my freshman year to win that trophy,” he said. “It’s a bitter sweet moment knowing that this is my last year of high school and seeing it all go by, but it was an amazing way for raider season to end.”

Corp member Cameron Neely said that “it was very humbling” to be part of a national championship team and that “every adversity was was tackled with heart and courage.”

Two cadets, Monica Crews and Dawson, competed in the Ultimate Rader event on Sunday. The competition is a cross-country running event where participants must wear a weighted rucksack.

Dawson captured first place in the men’s event.

The teams are nicknamed the Long Knives and Lady Long Knives, a name given to the school’s namesake by Native American tribes during the Revolutionary War.

Men’s Team Members: Logan Dawson (commander), Jonathan Curry, Blake Embry, Tyler Black, Ryan McCord, William McCord, BJ McCann, Cameron Neely, Carter Gibson, Colby Hatton, Ethan Muncie, Herman Smith, Tanner Moorefield, and Zach Lamb

Women’s Team Members: Aliyah Newsome (commander), Abby Perry, Taylor Hall, Kenzie Roper, Simone Campbell, Leah Mueller, Lillian Perry, Tara Daniels, Allie Endricks, Bailey Wood, Karsyn Carroll, and Monica Crews