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Campbell County JROTC hosts annual competition

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By MICHAELA THOMAS

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On Saturday, April 13, CCHS hosted its annual Pine Mountain League competition. 

Four schools from Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia participated in five event, which included an academic test, rope bridge, Color Guard, obstacle course and a secret test.

The events proved to be difficult in physical prowess and mental knowledge.

The 50-question academic exam was a test of the schools’ knowledge of JROTC. 

Cadets were tested on topics learned during their career in JROTC. This included map reading, chain of command, First Aid, history and communications.

During the rope bridge event, cadets had to run to a bridge site, construct a 60-foot bridge and get three to five cadets across the bridge. 

This year’s secret event tested a school’s physical capability, pushing participants to their limit.

Teams had to flip a large aircraft rescue tire 50 yards, carry a small log around a driving range and drag a tractor tire 50 yards.           

During the Color Guard event, participants performed a series of drill movements with precision to the best of their ability.

The movements were the same movements required for national competition.

The obstacle course had cadets doing the CCHS obstacle course with a few additional items.  Obstacles included the low crawl, log jump, zig-zag balance beam, monkey bars, under-over-under logs, the inverted crawl, the inverted wall, the Hip-Hop, the rope swing, the cargo net, the tubular slide and the 8-foot wall. 

CCHS JROTC cadets hosted and judged each event.

This PML seemed to be one of the best run PMLs hosted at CCHS.  Cadets learned what it takes to run a successful and smooth competition.

There were several humorous moments, including LTC demonstrating how to do a rope bridge on stage during the briefing, a wardrobe malfunction (under garment strap broke) on the obstacle course and someone accidentally stepping on another cadets face during the wall jump. 

Overall, it was a successful competition for all the schools that participated, as well as CCHS cadets. They learned the ropes of judging and evaluating others.