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Local cadets finish second at state
JROTC Competes pic
The Dawson County High School JROTC Raiders took home second place at the State JROTC meet on Nov. 1 in Griffin. - photo by For the Dawson Community News

The Dawson County JROTC has won several awards and accolades in the past, but last weekend, the Raiders competed for a state honor.

After taking first place in four of their six meets, the JROTC Raider Male/Female Mixed Team competed in the State JROTC Raiders meet in Griffin on Saturday, taking home second place in the state.

"Raiders is a competitive team that goes through a set of events such as the liter carry, cross country, sand bag carry and ruck sack carry," said Cadet Master Sgt. Colin Treadway. "We also do obstacle courses and a 5k run."

The 10-person team competed in six meets, the last being held at Dawson County High School, and took first place overall in four of those competitions.

"At the beginning of the season, we had 50 kids that were doing Raiders, so we split it up into five different teams," said JROTC faculty advisor Sgt. Steve Pamplin. "Our mixed team was our most competitive, so we took them to competition."

Some of the events in the competition included CCRs, or Cross Country Rescue, where students carry weights to simulate downed human beings, rope bridge construction and crossing, weighted objective carrying and track running with weighted gear sacks.

"The JROTC Raider Team had an outstanding season. It's something I thought we could do with the group we have," Pamplin said. "We have a lot of experience on the team. I think they've proved that, wherever they went."