A great turnout of 29 teams of junior ROTC cadets from regional high schools took on a series of challenges during the Army ROTC Islander Battalion’s sixth annual “Islander Challenge” held Saturday, March 6, at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
Following the opening ceremonies, more than 150 junior ROTC cadets participated in two phases of challenges; including a Presidential fitness test, the Teneo Challenge which includes orienteering, an equipment carry and ruck march, a military vehicle push, traversing a one rope bridge, Commander’s Challenge, and a Sand Scramble Obstacle Course, which tested teamwork and physical capabilities.
Competing schools included Alamo Heights High School, Canyon Lake High School, Mary Carroll High School, Clear Falls High School, Douglas MacArthur High School, H.M. King High School, Roy Miller High School, Moody High School, Tuloso-Midway High School, Martin High School, West Oso High School, W.B. Ray High School, Central Catholic High School, and Winston Churchill High School. Each participating school was allowed to enter as many co-ed teams as they wish.
The top winners were:
Overall first place: Winston Churchill High School in San Antonio
Presidential Challenge: Winston Churchill High School in San Antonio
Sand Scramble Obstacle: Douglas MacArthur High School in San Antonio
Commander’s Challenge: Winston Churchill High School in San Antonio
Military Vehicle Push: Roy Miller High School
Orienteering: Winston Churchill High School in San Antonio
Rope Bridge: Douglas MacArthur High School in San Antonio
The Islander Challenge is not only an opportunity for JROTC’s to test their skills and compete for the top prize, but it is also a chance for the Army ROTC Islander Battalion to showcase its program and attract potential members and students to the Island University.