The Lely High School JROTC Raider Team has brought home a state championship.
After hosting a regional qualifier for JROTC teams in December, eight members of the Lely squad went to a Boy Scout camp near West Palm Beach for Saturday's competition. The Lely team's December performance qualified them for this past weekend's state competition.
The mixed squad of five boys and three girls came out on top in their category after finishing third, fourth and second over the past three years. Other categories of competition included all-male and all-female teams.
The students who brought home the trophy are Cadet Lt. Col. Jordan Sorrenti, Cadet Capt. Jade Dworkin, Cadet Capt. Amber Imm, Cadet Capt. Jonathan Perez, Cadet Lt. Daryl Townsend, Cadet Lt. Liberio Miguel, Cadet Cpl. Ryan Carl and Cadet Pvt. Devon Imm.
Master Sgt. Laureano Santiago coached the squad and, along with Dave Price (Lt. Col., Ret.), runs the JROTC program at Lely High School.
Price said it "sounded as loud as a winning Super Bowl locker room, and I know our cadets were just as proud as the Giants!”
Price added, “This was a well-deserved victory for our Raiders -- and the competition was stiff. We are justly proud of these cadets for their dedication and superb efforts.”
Price said the cadets competed in five areas: physical fitness; building a bridge for individuals to cross a body of water; first aid and carrying a 140-pound "victim" one-mile; land navigation and map-reading; and a three-mile obstacle course.