JROTC Raiders head to states

Haven Hunter – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Mustangs boys and girls Raiders teams set off for their state championship competition Friday.

Both teams are determined to take first place and bring home first-place titles.

According to the US Army JROTC Raider website, Raider Competitions are athletic competitions held at JROTC programs around the world. Events take place outdoors and usually consist of individual strength test (push-ups, tire-drag, obstical course, etc), distance team running events, first aid events, and some form of rope bridge contstruction/crossing. Individual events may vary.

LRHS JROTC instructor Maj. Shaun O’Dea, said he has high hopes for the Mustangs at state competition.

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“I expect that they work as hard as they have when they have practiced and that they honor the work and efforts put in by those before them,” he said.

The Mustangs Raiders have preparing since early this school year and have been working toward states since their first competition on Oct. 3.

Junior Mustang Lorenzo Liberti stated the team is already thrilled with their season so far.

“No matter the place we come in, we already won. Because no one can take our spirit, no one can take our drive,” he said.