Graves High Army JROTC finishes 1st in Raider Team competition on October 3


Cadet TJ Fowler holds the rope in place while Rope Bridge Commander Jake Mueller, Kaler Luker and others pull the rope tight. (Source: Paul Schaumburg, Écoles Graves)

GRAVES COUNTY, KY (KFVS) – On a rainy, windy and cold Saturday, October 3, as their classmates began their fall vacation, the Graves County Army JROTC Raider teams boarded a a 4 a.m. bus for a three hour ride to Fort. Knox.

Flight. The Knox High School Raider event drew 25 participating teams from Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio.

The Raider event consisted of team relays, building and crossing a one-rope bridge, a half-mile vehicle push, a chopping block, and a two-mile team run.

At the end of the day, the Graves County Eagles took first place! It was the second victory in three years for the most recent JROTC program in Kentucky.

“I’m really proud of the cadets,” said their leader, Lt. Col. (Ret’d) Jason Caldwell. “They’ve been training a lot this fall in hopes of bringing home the Knox Trophy, I’m especially proud of the seniors who made it their goal for the year.”

Graves County will be competing in one final Raider event for the fall, before returning to competition in the spring.

The team heads to Ohio County High School on Oct. 24 to take on 16 other schools from Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan.

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