Roma High School JROTC Program Had a Busy Fall Semester
By: Roma High School JROTC Program Teacher LTC(R) Luis Barrera
The Roma High School Mighty Gladiator JROTC Raider Teams have been busy during the Fall Semester. Raider FTX at La Copa with 5 other schools, 5 Gladiator Teams entered at the Weslaco Panther Raider Challenge in Oct, Boy and Girl Teams at the NEISD Urban Raider, in which the girls team brought 2nd overall and this past weekend at the Laredo Nixon Raider with two boys and one girl teams competed, our Boys came in third. Roma JROTC did not sponsor our annual Roma JROTC Gladiator Raider Challenge due to the new construction of our new JROTC Educational Complex. It will return next school year to show off our new building. The competitions consisted of a 5-kilometer team run, Ruck relay, modified physical fitness endurance test, Combat Fitness Course, Team Obstacle Course, and Team Rope Bridge Construction, Tug of war. The different Raider Challenges showcases the best high school JROTC teams in South Texas in the most physically exhausting and mentally tough competition the JROTC offers. The teams competed in back-to-back events throughout the day. In addition to the team events held throughout the day, the cadets overcame physical exhaustion, frustration and the challenges posed by a field of extremely tough competitors. NEISD Urban Raider Teams include National Raider finalists Reagan HS and MacArthur HS. Their individual and team performances put Roma ISD on the map, establishing the Gladiator Cadets as serious contenders for future State and National Raider Challenges. Next up for Gladiator JROTC Raider Teams will attend the Edinburg 10K and La Copa Warrior Challenge raider during the month of February 2020. There were many lessons learned and tremendous experience gained by competing in this year’s competition.