By Joe Reavis
Wylie East High School hosted 18 Junior ROTC teams earlier this month in the Wylie East Raider Nation Invitational, an event showcasing military drills, inspection and physical fitness.
The competition was held Saturday, Feb. 6. Units competed in up to 11 categories. The day began at 8:30 a.m. for the cadets and ended at 4:15 p.m.
“The multi-event drill meet gives Junior ROTC a chance to showcase their skills, develop teamwork and discipline by adhering to military drill and appearance standards,” MSgt Lisa Breuer of WEHS said. “Competing against their peers from other schools increases the focus during practice and gives an opportunity to have their skills assessed by college level ROTC cadets, active duty Texas Army National Guard members, and military recruiters.”
Overall grand champion trophy went to Cooper High School Air Force JROTC of Abilene, Flower Mound Air Force JROTC placed second and third place went to North Mesquite Army JROTC.
Wylie High School Air Force JROTC picked up a third place trophy in female physical training, fourth place in female/mixed color guard and fifth place in male physical training. WEHS, as the host school, was judged but did not compete for trophies.
Competitors included 15 Air Force, two Army and one Navy unit. About half the teams traveled two hours or more to attend, with two teams coming from Oklahoma. The longest trip of 4.5 hours was made by members of the Central High School Air Force JROTC program from San Angelo.
The units could enter up to 11 different categories of competition at the Wylie East Raider Nation Invitational.
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