CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas- A record setting 30 teams of junior ROTC cadets from regional high schools took on a series of challenges during the Army ROTC Islander Battalion’s fifth annual “Islander Challenge” held Saturday, March 22, at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
Following the opening ceremonies, more than 150 junior ROTC cadets participated in three phases of challenges including a Presidential fitness test; the Teneo Challenge which includes a military vehicle push, traversing a one rope bridge, a log carry, and a sand scramble obstacle course, which tested teamwork and physical capabilities.
Competing schools included Alamo Heights High School, Aransas Pass High School, Canyon Lake High School, Carroll High School, Clear Falls High School, Flour Bluff High School, Grulla High School, Martin High School, Moody High School, Progresso High School, Ray High School, Rockport Fulton High School, Seagoville High School, Somerset High School, Tuloso-Midway High School, West Oso High School, and Winston Churchill High School. Each participating school was allowed to enter up to two teams which could be all male or co-ed.
The top winners were:
Overall first place: Rockport Fulton High School
Overall second place: Flour Bluff High School
Top Female Cadet: Andrea Herrera, Alamo Heights High School
Top Male Cadet: Jay Lopez, Carroll High School
The Islander Challenge is not only an opportunity for JROTC’s to test their skills and compete for the top prize, but it is also a chance for the Army ROTC Islander Battalion to showcase its program and attract potential members and students to the Island University.