315 JROTC Programs, 6 states and 1 champion. This is what happened April, 25th at the 4th Brigade Best of the Best Raider Competition. The Pender Raiders capped off probably the most successful Raider Season in their Brigade’s history as they captured their tenth and most important meet of the season when they won the Best of the Best Raider Competition.
The Pender High School JROTC Raiders became the first JROTC team in the Brigade’s history to win championships back to back. The team won the 2013-2014 Best of the Best Competition and this year’s 2014-2015 competition, hosted by the UNC Charlotte ROTC unit.
In the five-event, nine-cadet competition, the Pender Patriots took first place in both the Modified Army Physical Fitness Test (MAPFT) and the 5k team run; second, in the logistics course, and fourth in the low crawl-extended litter carry course. This was enough to clinch the championship for the second year in a row.
The team coach is SGM(R) Philip Price and the team captain for both years was Cadet/LTC Jeremy Stanley, who recently graduated valedictorian at Pender High School and is beginning his freshman year at The Military Academy, West Point. The remainder of the team members for the 2014-2015 school year are: Justus Latham, senior; Charlie Peel, senior; Walter Ocampo, senior; Davidson Stephenson, senior; Ben Avilla-Wheeler, senior; Andrew Zigmunt, senior; Lucas Santiago, junior; Jose Cruz, sophomore.