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Spanish Springs High School JROTC wins national honor


The Spanish Springs High School Army JROTC Cougar Battalion last week earned national recognition in the U.S. Army JROTC Raider Nationals competition in Molena, Georgia. 

Cadet Joliette Johnson achieved the title of Ultimate Rader Champion, prevailing over female cadets from 45 other JROTC programs in the southeast United States. Johnson ran two miles before scaling a nine-foot wall on her first attempt to capture the coveted national title.Image: WCSD

Cadets from the battalion competed in a variety of events including a physical team test, a 5k run, gauntlet and rope bridge.

The group earned second place honors overall in the 5k race for the male team. The female team finished in the top five in three out of four event categories. 

“Our cadets served as outstanding ambassadors for Spanish Springs High School, the Washoe County School District and the state of Nevada at this national competition,” said Kurt Baumgarten, JROTC instructor. “I saw firsthand how hard they worked over the past year, and how dedicated they were to improving their performance and achieving their goals. I am very proud of their accomplishments.”

Sean Hall, principal of Spanish Springs High School, also praised the group.

“Our instructors were extremely diligent in making sure there were systems in place to keep our cadets and volunteers safe throughout the event,” he said. “Thank you to the United States Army for supporting our young men and women.”

The 40 battalion members were accompanied by school staff and parent chaperones when they traveled to Georgia to participate in the competition on Nov. 5. 


Members of the Spanish Springs High School JROTC Cougar Battalion at a competition Nov. 5, 2021 in Molena, Georgia. Image: WCSD
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