Cadets from the Panther Battalion used their skills and knowledge against 15 other schools in the JROTC Raider Challenge held at Corbin High School on February 26.
The JROTC competition consisted of academic and knowledge events, tug-a-war (male and female), the Raider Challenge, and a mystery event which was bench pressing (male and female).
“Our Cadets presented themselves in a professional manner that we can all be proud of”, said CSM Keith Hembree. Hembree and LTC Richard Shackleford instruct the JROTC program at Knox Central.
There were 42 students that competed from the Knox County Schools. Students included CPL Douglas Bright, SGT Tony Gibbs, SSG Weston Henson, 1SG Victoria Hobbs, SSG Rick Jones, SGT James Lawson, CPL Lisa Lehmen, SGT Nick Logan, SGT Alexander Smith, SGT Robert Smith, SSG Thomas Broughton, CPL Gary Evans, CPL Sajan Hensley, CPT Robert Patterson, PVT Stevie Rice, CPL Jerry Vaughn, CPL Dylan Adkins, PFC Mathew Bickle, SGT Herman Brown, SSG Kimberly Campbell, 1SG Austin Claxton, CPL Austin Carter, PFC Anthony Compau, CPL Joshua Hutton, CPT Stephanie Partin, SGT Tabitha Smith, CPL Brianna Smith, SGT Penny Smallwood, CPL Joshua Miller, PVT Sarrah Osborne-Blackburn, CPL Aaron Potter, CPT Stacia Abner, SSG Alexis Asher, LTC Seth Branum, MAJ Lauren Gibson, SGT Lonnie Grubb, SGT Ariel Hill, MAJ Justin Miller, 1SG Alisha Miracle, CPL Christopher Rice, 1SG Richi Shackleford, and SSG Brandon Wilson.
Although Cadets from Henry Clay High School in Fayette County won the challenge, Hembree and Shackleford are looking forward to future competitions. This is the first year of the JROTC program at Knox Central. Students from Lynn Camp also participate in JROTC at Knox Central.
Students interested in participating in the Panther Battalion JROTC program are urged to see their guidance counselor for more information and to register for the class.