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Roma High School Army JROTC earns the Overall Trophy at the La Copa Wolfpack Raider Challenge:

Over 200 High School JROTC Cadets attended the La Copa Wolfpack Raider Challenge, sponsored by the Ed Rachel Foundation and the McAllen Recruiting Station this past Saturday 25 Feb 2017. Under the leadership of Mr. Silva (LTC, USA Retired) and Mr. Escamilla (USA MSG Retired), one of the largest Raider events in the Rio Grande Valley took place, and the best part was that the Ed Rachel Foundation picked up the tab for transportation and meals. Under the direction of Roma High School Senior Army Instructor LTC(R) Luis Barrera and Army Instructor 1SG(R) Juan Cruz the Roma High School Army JROTC beat out 21 other valley schools to earn the Overall Trophy for the annual event. Our Army JROTC Gladiator Battalion also placed first in the Jacobs Ladder and Obstacle Course. The other events were the Equipment Carry (Harlingen High), Physical Fitness Test (Harlingen High), Log Jam (Sharyland) and the Crawl Gauntlet (PSJA North), Tomahawk Bridge (Edinburg High), and Tug-of-War (Brownsville Porter).

The Copa Ranch Raider Challenge continues to lead the way in showcasing many of the finest, most hard-working Army/Air Force JROTC Raider teams in the Rio Grande Valley. The best of the best Army JROTC programs compete against the best Raider teams in the Valley. The Army JROTC La Copa “Raider” serves as the unofficial Rio Grande Valley Championship for the top Raider programs. This event could not take place without the generosity of the Ed Rachel Foundation, the dedication of the US Army McAllen Recruiting Station Soldiers and our senior ROTC cadets/staff from UTRG. A Special thank you goes out to CSM Hodo, 5th BDE ROTC, for spending the day with our cadets. We congratulate the excellence exemplified by our young cadets and look forward to more great things from them in the future.

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