UPDATE: National Raiders Champions, George Rogers Clark JROTC reacts

The GRC JROTC all male and all female Raiders Teams competed in the national competition.

UPDATE MONDAY NOV. 8, 2021

WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lights and sirens brought the George Rogers Clark High School Raiders teams home Sunday night after competing in the U.S. Army National Raider Championship. GRC’s all-male and all-female Raiders teams qualified for the national championship over the weekend in Molena, Georgia. 83 teams nationwide consisting of all branches competed in four physical challenges, a 5k team run, rope bridge course, a team sprint through obstacles with heavy equipment and a woodland obstacle course with weighted rucksacks.

“I was hoping we could take a couple trophies home for specific events but I had no idea we would be coming home champions,” says Logan Dawson, GRC JROTC Battallion Commander and male Raider team captain.

GRC’s male Raider team placed first overall, making them national champions for the first time in school history. The all-female raider team was also impressive with a fourth place overall finish.

“I was in tears when they announced it,” says Ret. MSgt. Larry Lee, GRC JROTC Army Instructor. “I’m so happy for the kids, all the hard work, all the late nights, all the extra running, every time they wanted to be mad at me for making them run more, it was all worth it when they announced it.”

“I’m just really proud of my female team, they put in a lot of work for this,” says Aliyah Newsome, GRC JROTC female Raider team captain.

Not only did the full teams represent the commonwealth incredibly well, but in an individual challenge where one male and one female from each school compete to be the “Ultimate Raider”, GRC’s own Logan Dawson took home the male title. Congratulations to all of GRC’s competitors!

“It’s really surreal, still don’t know if I really- if it’s caught up with me, if I really believe it yet, but looking around right now, it’s pretty great,” says Dawson.

ORIGINAL STORY

WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ) – Congratulations are in order for the George Rogers Clark Junior ROTC Raiders teams for their performance in the U.S. Army National Raider Championship. GRC took its all-male and all-female Raiders teams to Molena, Georgia to compete against 80 other teams in 4 physical events.

The GRC all-male Raiders team came in first place overall, making them national champions, which is the first time in school history. The all-female team came in fourth place overall. Not only did these teams represent the Commonwealth incredibly well, but in an individual challenge for the “Ultimate Raider”, GRC’s own Logan Dawson brought home the title.

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