The East Surry Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) program seemed to be feeling comfortably at home on Saturday while serving as host for its annual Raider Challenge.
Three East Surry teams were joined by six other teams representing schools from across the region. Schools taking part included Surry Central, Elkin, Avery, East Forsyth, a pair of Virginia schools – Bassett and Carroll County – and a trio of East Surry teams, designated A, B and C team.
Teammates worked together throughout the morning, competing in a series of timed challenges. The five events included physical fitness, rope bridge, litter carry, a five-kilometer march/run and a vehicle-pull event.
With competition ended, an early afternoon awards ceremony saw ribbons distributed for the top three teams in each event, while the top three overall finishers took home trophies.
The East Surry A-team took the day’s top prize with a dominant performance. The team claimed the overall trophy by placing first in four of the five competitions. And in the 5K event, won by Carroll County, the East Surry A team finished a strong second.
“I’m very proud of our team,” A Team Captain Brad Snow said. “We showed a lot of heart out there. We can do all things through Christ, that’s our prayer.”
Carroll County came in second overall with second place finishes in physical fitness and litter carry. The Cavaliers also fared well in the remaining events, with third place finishes in rope bridge and vehicle pull.
The East Surry B team claimed its own trophy with a third place finish in the overall competition. The team garnered the honor with second place finishes in rope bridge and vehicle pull, complimented by third place finishes in physical fitness and litter carry.
“I felt we showed great teamwork,” noted B Team Captain Robert Hawks. “One of our members wasn’t able to come today and we definitely made up for that. To finish third overall showed heart. We tried our hardest and prevailed.”
The Bassett High team also claimed recognition, finishing third in the 5K event.
According to East Surry JROTC instructor First Sergeant Ronald Montgomery, the East Surry C team also represented the program well throughout the day.
“I felt like we gave a great effort,” C Team Captain Makayla Marquis said afterwards. “We had recruited three people for the team this week and everyone worked hard together.”
“I was very happy with our B and C teams.” Montgomery said. “They showed great effort. And our A team was able to win overall again after finishing in first place at North Iredell in our first meet. We’re looking forward to continuing to compete this year.”
“Everything went well,” he continued. “I’d like to see us have 10 teams but I was satisfied with the participation. The Lord blessed us with good weather and a good day.”