The Harlan County High School JROTC Raider Team is off to an impressive start, winning eight trophies and 16 medals between their first two competitions.
The HCHS Raider Team traveled to Middlesboro on Sept. 19 and to Whitley County on Oct. 3 and competed against numerous regional schools, including Knox Central, Middlesboro, Southwestern Pulaski, Corbin, Madison Central, Clay County, Thomas Walker (Va.), Whitley County, Campbell County (Tenn), Jackson County, Rockcastle County, Montgomery County and other teams from eastern Kentucky.
The various events held included: tug-o-war, archery, one-rope bridge, field obstacle, obstacle course, drill team, color guard and academic challenge.
The Black Bear Battalion placed first at Middlesboro and second at Whitley County out of 12 teams. The HCHS Raider team is the top seed in the region. A team from Tennessee was the only team to beat HCHS at Whitley County.
“This is the best start we’ve ever had in the history of this program,” said senior Army Instructor Major Tim McElyea. “We’ve lost a lot of seniors from last year. We’re a young team, but they’ve come a long way in a short time. Our one-rope bridge team performed well, along with our obstacle course and tug-o-war teams.”
Raider members include Dillon Blair, Fred Simpson, Douglas Adkins, Anthony North, Frankie Tarbell, Zach Thompson, Ethan Caldwell, Tyler Risner, Dylan Cox, Dalton Barton, Emily Smith, Jonah Smith, Maddison Couch, Camilla Brown, Allen Adams, William Doan, Angel Brown, Tessa Allen, Cody Miniard, Matthew Joyner, Tristen Boggs, Paul Bailey, Chelsey Cornett, Charity Williams, Matthew Mays, Deborah McQueen, Ryan Anderson, John Collett, Danielle Lee, Logan Bilbrey, Shane Rogers, Cody Hall, Melody Gross, Alexis Owens and Ashton Gross
Upcoming competitions include Jan. 30 at Thomas Walker, Virginia, Feb. 27 at Corbin, March 5 at Knox Central and in April at Artemus.