The Elbert County JROTC Raider Team is coming off of one of their most successful weekends in school history.
Elbert County sent two different team compositions to the Georgia State Championship Raider Meet; an all male team, and a male-mix team which is made up of six females and six males.
According to Raider Team Coach Master Sergeant Al Homer, a total of 44 schools entered 67 teams into the competition. There were 29 male teams and 25 male-mix teams. Homer said that his male team started off with one of their strongest events.
“Right off the bat at 8:00am they started off with Rope Bridge, and they completed it in one minute and ten seconds. That time stood for the whole day out of twenty-nine teams, so they took home 1st place in the Rope Bridge”, said Homer.
After that strong start the male team never looked back as they finished 1st overall, and in the process locked up their 3rd straight State championship. Also, the male-mix team took home 2nd place overall. Homer said that was real impressive considering this is only the 2nd year that the male-mix team has been competing.
Next up for the teams, Homer said, is the National Competition.
“Teams from Calinfornia, New York City, Kentucky, and Texas will be competing. We leave this Friday heading to Molina, GA and the competition starts on Saturday. To be honest with you”, said Homer, “the teams aren’t finished yet. The commanders are saying we have one more job to do, and they are looking forward to it.”
In the National Competition there are over seventy teams that are registered to compete, the most ever since Elbert County has been participating on the National stage.