The East Surry High School A-Team Raiders traveled to Magna Vista High School in Ridgeway, Virginia, recently to take on top schools from throughout the JROTC Fourth Brigade, or Mid-Atlantic, region in the “Best of the Best Raider Challenge.”
The event is made up of schools that have qualified by placing first, second or third overall at select Raider meets. More than 300 schools are in the brigade, with 20 qualifying to take part in the Best of the Best challenge held April 22.
The day consisted of events including a modified physical fitness test, a 5K litter carry, a logistics relay — including a Humvee pull, a tire carry, a water carry and fireman’s carry — and a rope bridge. The East Surry team placed seventh.
“The team did their best in competition,” noted Bradley Snow, “and as a team captain, that’s all I could ask for.”
“Each Raider on this team has dedicated numerous hours of practice within the JROTC and in their individual time,” noted Cadet Sergeant Major Mikayla Nunn. “The A-Team has worked incredibly hard for this opportunity. With this their last Raider meet, the East Surry seniors really did give their all. It has shown this season.”
Earlier last month, the East Surry Drill Team traveled to Elkin High School for the semester drill competition. Cadets gave an impressive performance, bringing home several honors in the April 8 competition.
The drill competition was divided into two classifications — lower classmen and upperclassmen. The lower classmen were cadets that were either Level Education Training (LET) 1 or LET 2. The second classification was made up of the upper LET levels 3-8. The team was graded by the North Carolina National Guard and Marines on uniform appearance, execution of commands and on military bearing.
The LET 1 and 2 groups won best overall in their division. The Cadets placed first in the LET 1 Color Guard called by Nick Lawson, first in Squad with arms called by Zoe Ladd and third squad without arms called by Jackson Allen. Steven Williams and Devin Bullington placed first in Duet and second in Individual Mason Litteral.
Upperclassmen also won best overall in their division. The group placed first in Color Guard called by Bradley Snow, second in Squad without arms called by Ashlyn Nagel and Squad with arms called by Robert Hawks and first in Platoon without arms called by Cassie Marquis and Platoon with arms called by Bradley Snow. Winning best duet were Bradley Snow and Erik Barron, while Xatziri Chavez placed second in individual competition.