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JROTC Raiders continue undefeated season with victory in Detroit

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School JROTC Raider Team came to the Motor City with something to prove: that they are still the best Raider Team around. And the Giants demonstrated this by decisively defeating all the other teams who gathered for the Urban Raider Challenge hosted by Detroit Public Schools last Saturday.


The Marion cadets earned first place finishes in seven of the eight competitive events, thus easily earning the championship title.

“I wasn’t sure where we were in terms of preparedness, given this was the first competition of the spring season,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, Senior Army Instructor for the MHS JROTC. “We lost a few of our varsity Raiders over the winter and only had three weeks of practice to prepare for this match. But the cadets clearly rose to the challenge.”



Marion High School JROTC cadets Lucas Riley, DJ Smith, Nicholas Elliott, and Tayler Garriott participate in the Buddy Carry during the Urban Raider Challenge. With their other team members, the cadets had to carry each other 50 yards back and forth during the allocated 10 minutes to accumulate the most carries. The Giants easily won this event and were the overall competition champions.




Marion High School JROTC cadets Kylee O’Neil, Daniel Yancy, Emily LeBlanc, and Israel Ibanes construct a one-rope bridge during the Urban Raider Challenge. These cadets helped the Marion junior varsity team capture the third-place finish overall.


The Giants Raider Team won the title of best small school in the JROTC Raider National Championship last fall. With the win Saturday in Detroit, they have now defeated 64 other teams and remain undefeated during this school year.

“I was really proud of how well our team competed,” said team captain Audrey Dickerson, a senior at Marion High School. “This win is a great way to start off the spring season.”



Marion High School Raider Team captain Audrey Dickerson flips a tractor tire 30 yards as part of the Gauntlet event during Urban Raider Challenge. Dickerson and her team members easily won this event and won the overall competition. 


Raider competitions are designed to challenge cadets’ physical strength and stamina as well as their ability to problem solve and work as a team. The competitions are exhausting, with four to five hours of continuous physical activity.

The Giants junior varsity Raider team also competed Saturday and earned a third place finish overall.

The Marion cadets will host a Raider Competition at home on April 27. More than 20 teams from across the Midwest will attend this event, which is open to the public to watch and cheer on the Raiders. The Giants will then compete May 11 in Indianapolis for the Indiana State Raider Championship, where they are the returning champions.