The Hopewell High School JROTC Raiders Team recently competed in the Second Annual Furman JROTC Raider Competition at Furman University in Greensville, S.C.
Two teams of cadets represented Hopewell High.
"Both teams did a great job considering this has been a rebuilding year since 12 of 16 Raiders from last year's team graduated last year," commented said 1st Sgt. Daniel Ferriero, U.S. Army JROTC instructor. Ferriero has been with the JROTC program at Hopewell since 2005.
Both teams of Raiders trained for months in preparation for this competition and participated in five events each.
Team A claimed first place in three of their events: the Physical Fitness Test, the Litter Carry Run and the HMMUV Truck Pull. They earned second place in the One Rope Bridge event and the 5K Run.
Team B carried home two second-place finishes for the HMMUV Truck Pull and the Rifle Relay event. They finished in third place in the Physical Fitness Test, the One Rope Bridge event and the 5K Run.
The Hopewell High School A Team finished the Furman JROTC Raider competition in second place overall, and the B Team finished in third out of 12 participating schools.
The JROTC program at Hopewell High School is a study of ethics, citizenship, communications, leadership and life skills, with a focus on character building and civic responsibility. The curriculum is designed to prepare young men and women to take their place in society.
The program consists of 240 cadets under the instruction of 1st Sgt. Ferriero, Col. Mike Puckett, who has been with Hopewell for six years, and Command Sgt. Maj. Penn, who has given four years.
The instructors and cadets of the JROTC program will host their annual Hopewell High School JROCT Raiders/Rifle Meet in April at Hopewell High, 11530 Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville.