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Stephanie Raper
In the Loop Editor


NNDCC Charger Challenge

NNDCC students do pushups
The Grenada High School Navy National Defense Cadet Corps recently hosted its fifth annual PT (physical training) Meet called the Charger Challenge. The GHS cadets won three first place trophies and one second place trophy against Horn Lake Marine Corp Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp. The cadets won first place trophies in Female Team, Tug-of-War, and Mixed Teams. They finished second place in Male Team. The cadets competed in the following events: 25 pound ammo can carry, 100 yard relay; bus tire roll, 100 pound stretcher carry, and finally the telephone log roll.

The cadets are already preparing for the next upcoming drill and PT meets at Batesville (South Panola), Neshoba Central, North East Lauderdale, and Pearl. The cadets also hope to attend JROTC State Drill Finals in January where they finished 10th last year. The team must finish in the top four in the Northern Regionals at Batesville on November 2, 2019, in order to compete in the state drill finals. There are currently 20 JROTC schools in the Northern Region, with Grenada and Greenwood being the only Navy Junior Reserve Officer Cadet Training Corps. In February the cadets will once again have a chance to compete in the All Service JROTC State Physical Fitness meet, where they placed second three years in a row. This year the cadets are charging forward, working and training even harder to bring home the title of State JROTC Champions for Drill and PT.

On the October 26, 2019, the Grenada NNDCC will host a drill meet at the Grenada Charger football stadium. Approximately ten schools will compete in drill and physical training. The top three Navy JROTC schools will advance to the Area Eight Super Meet held at Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. From there the top three winning schools will compete for the Navy JROTC National title held at Pensacola, Florida. Also on October 26, the unit's robotics team will travel to Mississippi State to compete in their very first robotics competition.

The Grenada High School NNDCC offers numerous opportunities for its cadets. From physical fitness to robotics, all students can find an area that peaks their interest and develops new skills. The GHS unit also teaches students the importance of helping others through its many community service projects. If you'd like more information about the Grenada High School NNDCC program, contact Chief Newtroin Foreman at Grenada High School.