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Junior ROTC Students from Across State Compete in Seventh Annual ROTC Islander Challenge

April 13, 2016


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Under the supervision of cadets from the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Army ROTC Islander Battalion, 25 Junior ROTC teams from around the state tested their physical aptitude during the seventh annual Islander Challenge held Saturday, April 2. Islander Challenge took place across both the Island and Momentum campuses.

“We were excited to have so many teams compete, some from as far away as Seagoville, Texas, which is 420 miles away,” said Lt. Col. Curtis Johnson, Professor of Military Science. “We hold this challenge to engage with the community and also to recruit, retain and graduate a diverse and highly qualified student body. We hope these young cadets consider the Island University as their college of choice.”

The junior cadets took part in a series of challenges in two phases including the ROTC Scholarship Physical Fitness Test and the Teneo Challenge. The physical fitness test included a score based on the number of push-ups and curl-ups students completed in one minute and how quickly they could complete a one-mile run. The Teneo Challenge included a vehicle push, rope bridge crossing, orienteering (using a compass and map to find points on a landscape), and an obstacle course.

Matthew Connell, Islander Battalion Cadet, served as Officer in Charge for the event. His duties included recruitment of teams, coordination and planning of the event, and assigning of duties to other Islander cadets.

“The entire group of Islander cadets did an amazing job helping with set-up and day of event duties,” said Connell. “The event was a rewarding experience for the high school cadets and my fellow cadets as we worked to put on a good show for the young teams.”

Winners included:

  • Overall Canvas - Winston Churchill High School, Team 3
  • Orienteering – Winston Churchill High School, Team 3
  • Humvee Push – Robert E. Lee High School
  • Rope Bridge – MacArthur High School, Team 1
  • Obstacle Course – Winston Churchill High School, Team 2
  • Overall APFT – Winston Churchill High School, Team 1
  • Best Female – Jireh Robinson from Johnson High School, Team 3
  • Best Male – Orion Tobias from Winston Churchill High School, Team 3

To see more photos from the event, click here and here.