PILOT MOUNTAIN — On Aug. 23, the Elkin JROTC Raider team traveled 45 minutes to East Surry High School in Pilot Mountain to compete against eight other school in the 4th brigade. The JROTC 4th Brigade is located at Fort Bragg and is composed of five states from Maryland to South Carolina.
The Elkin JROTC Raiders left from Elkin High School at 6 in the morning stopping at McDonalds to pick up sausage biscuits for breakfast. Maj. Roy Ferguson, the senior Army instructor at Elkin HS, took one team to compete: the Alpha team.
A team consisted of A. Duncan, K. Freeman, G. Lloyd, Z. Narvaez, T. Sturdivant, J. Walker, S. Booher and C. Salazar. The alternates were K. Cook, L. Lloyd and J. Hemric. A team was awarded “Distinguished Streamers” in three events, including Physical Fitness test, Rope Bridge and obstacle course.
The Raiders first started with the PT test which included the following: 2 minutes of push-ups, 2 minutes of sit-ups, one-mile run, 5k run, Litter Carry, Vehicle Pull, and Rope Bridge. All Raiders began the first event together.The A team finished with 1,969 points. In the litter carry, event which consisted of caring a stretcher with a simulated casualty through a demanding obstacle course, A team finished in 7 minutes and 15 seconds. In the vehicle pull, which challenged the team to come together and pull a 6,000-pound Humvee in a certain amount of distance, A team finished in 22 seconds and 1/10.
After the Raider meet, the Elkin Raiders ate pizzas at East Surry HS with the other teams.
Ferguson said, “It was a tremendous privilege for our Raider team to be invited to East Surry HS Raider meet. We have never earned three Streamers in one meet and our Raiders continue to push for excellence. We have been blessed with outstanding young cadets on our team as well as great parental and community support through our local VFM. Our cadets are committed to and doing their very best.”