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Lawton high schools compete in JROTC challenge

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LAWTON, Okla._Cadets representing the Junior ROTC programs at all three Lawton high schools participated in the 2014 Junior Cadet Leadership Challenge at Fort Sill earlier this month.

Fort Sill took over operation of the leadership challenge this year from Camp Gruber, which had hosted it for the past seven years. More than 200 cadets from 17 schools took part in the event.

Cadets maneuvered an obstacle course, climbing multiple rope ladders, bridges and slides, then finished by rappelling down the 60-foot vertical Treadwell Rappelling Tower. During land navigation, cadets hiked the hills of Fort Sill locating points on a 1500-meter long course. Other events included the combat confidence, leader reaction and team development courses. On Friday cadets from each platoon demonstrated marching skills during the drill competition. Following the closing ceremony, cadets enjoyed an afternoon at Lake Elmer Thomas Recreation Area.

Among those honored, MacArthur High's Jazzlynn Portalatin was named the camp's outstanding cadet and LTC Johnny Sanchez commanded the MHS team that won first place in camp drill competition.

From Lawton High, Emily Banister was named the most spirited cadet for 1st Platoon Alpha Company and Isaiah Waters was named outstanding cadet for 2nd Platoon Bravo Company. Angel Zimmerman was named the company outstanding cadet of the cycle, as well as the battalion cadet of the cycle.


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