Ozark JROTC Raider team enjoys a great year


The Ozark High School JROTC Raider team placed third overall this weekend in Leavenworth, Kansas, against 30 teams from 18 schools. About 300 cadets from across the region participated in the Leavenworth Raider Invitational.

The team also won individual event trophies in six of Raider’s eight competitions.

Raider competitions are outdoor events that test strength, endurance, and first aid skills, as well as some form of rope bridge building and crossing.

Parker Lane, OHS Senior and Team Raider Captain, won the title of “Ultimate Raider” by defeating more than 40 of the top Raider athletes head-to-head in the six states represented at the meet. This is Lane’s second “Ultimate Raider” award this season, after taking 3rd place in this event at the Ozark Raider Fitness Crucible in September.

This weekend’s Ultimate Raider victory is Ozark’s second victory at Leavenworth since renewing their Raider program five years ago.

“This year’s squad is the strongest Raider squad we’ve ever had,” said team instructor Major Danny Cazier. “Meeting Leavenworth has helped them better understand what they are capable of. They are ready to deliver outstanding results at the National Raider competition in three weeks. They are working hard to make that potential a reality.”

Lane and the coaches of the Ozark Raider team are rigorously training the team for this national competition in Georgia on November 2.

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