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West Virginia Board of Education Recognizes JROTC Champion Teams

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April 13, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) Wednesday recognized the winning teams in the state’s first ever sanctioned JROTC championship events. The three events included Raider Challenge, Drill, and Marksmanship. Teams were introduced by Dr. Kathy D’Antoni, Chief Career & Technical Education Officer at the West Virginia Department of Education.

“We are always honored to recognize students who go above and beyond, and these JROTC students exemplify exactly what that means. The level of commitment that it takes to participate in these programs, and to win these challenges, is admirable,” said Board President Mike Green. “The board thanks these students for their service and congratulates them on advancing to the national level.”

The Raider Challenge Chief’s Cup was awarded to Riverside High School in Kanawha County. Raider Challenge is a team event, which places cadets in physically demanding situations, which requires them to work as a team to successfully triumph as the champion. These events include distance running, obstacle courses, personal fitness and strength tests, rescue and first aid situations, as well as having to construct and navigate a rope bridge.

The Drill Chief’s Cup was captured by Spring Valley High School in Wayne County. Drill is a marching unit that performs routines based on military drill. These teams spend countless hours perfecting their proficiency and execution in preparation for competition events.

The Marksmanship Chief’s Cup was won by Wayne High School in Wayne County. Marksmanship is a team event modeled after Olympic-style shooting and allows the use of specialized target rifles and equipment. JROTC Marksmanship tests the cadets’ visual acuity, coordination, and control of normal bodily functions such as breathing, relaxation and sight. A cadet must pass an extensive safety course on the proper handling of firearms, the components and function of firearms and be able to demonstrate range safety rules.

“Previously, these talented students have had to go to other states in order to compete at this level, so we’re so excited to finally be able to give them the opportunity to compete here in West Virginia,” D’Antoni said. “Now, they get to represent West Virginia at the national level. We couldn’t be more proud.”

For additional information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education Office of Communications at 304-558-2699.

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