Junior ROTC students from Kanawha, Wayne counties take home top honors

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Junior ROTC programs from Riverside High School, Spring Valley High School, and Wayne High School took home top honors in the state's first ever sanctioned JROTC events.

This is the first time that the students didn't have to travel out of state for this type of competition.

The Raider Challenge Chief's Cup was awarded to Riverside High School in Kanawha County. The team events places cadets in physically demanding situations.

The Drill Chief's Cup went to Spring Valley High School in Wayne County. Drill is a marching unit that performs routines based on military drill.

The Marksmanship Chief's Cup was won by Wayne High School in Wayne County. Marksmanship is a team event modeled after Olympic-style rifle shooting.

The students will now go to compete at the national level.

"We are always honored to recognize students who go above and beyond, and these JROTC students exemplify exactly what that means. The level of commitment that it takes to participate in these programs, and to win these challenges, is admirable," said Board President Mike Green in a news release from the West Virginia Department of Education. "The board thanks these students for their service and congratulates them on advancing to the national level."

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