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Graves High Army JROTC finishes 1st at Raider Team competition on Oct. 3

Graves County Cadets huddle around the first place trophy. (Source: Paul Schaumburg, Graves Schools) Graves County Cadets huddle around the first place trophy. (Source: Paul Schaumburg, Graves Schools)
Cadet T.J. Fowler holds the rope in place while rope bridge Commander Jake Mueller, Kaler Luker and others pull the rope tight. (Source: Paul Schaumburg, Graves Schools) Cadet T.J. Fowler holds the rope in place while rope bridge Commander Jake Mueller, Kaler Luker and others pull the rope tight. (Source: Paul Schaumburg, Graves Schools)
GRAVES COUNTY, KY (KFVS) -

On a rainy, windy and cold Saturday, Oct. 3, while their classmates began fall break, the Graves County Army JROTC Raider teams boarded a bus at 4 a.m. for a three-hour drive to Ft. Knox.

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

The Raider event consisted of team relays, construct and cross a one-rope bridge, vehicle push for a half-mile, a log throw and a two-mile team run. 

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

"I'm really proud of the Cadets,” said their leader, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Jason Caldwell. “They put in a lot of practice this fall in hopes of bringing back the Knox trophy, I’m especially proud of the seniors who made it their goal for the year."

Graves County will participate in one last Raider event for the fall, before resuming competition in the spring.

The team travels to Ohio County High School Oct. 24, to compete against 16 other schools from Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan.

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