October 3-- On Saturday, September 28th, the local Thunderbolt regiment held an area Raider competition on the campus of the Southeastern Early College and Career Academy. Nine teams from eight different area schools competed in the competition.
The participants were Bryan County, Jenkins County, Metter, Southeast Bulloch, Statesboro, two teams from Ware County and the local Thunderbolts. Statesboro won the overall competition and following closely behind were the local Thunderbolt regiment. Metter finished third, Bryan County fourth and the Ware County A Team fifth.
JROTC Lead Instructor Captain DeCarlos Ware was pleased with the competition. “We had a great day today. I want to thank the administrators for providing us with the necessary resources. We had eight teams come out. A lot of good competition today, the teams fought hard. It was all about teamwork,” said Ware.
While winning is the ultimate goal during any competition, understanding the discipline and teamwork needed to do well in these competitions is what Captain Ware wants his cadets to get from the competition. Ware said, “We want to win each week but bottom line we want the kids to understand it’s all about teamwork, reaching down inside and finding out something about yourself you didn’t know you had.”
Captain Ware wants the cadets to remember these competitions later in life and remember the struggles they went through to succeed so that they can use that motivation in their everyday lives.