By Zydrinna Eargle, News Writer 

The mighty Keenan Army JROTC Raider Battalion kicked off the new school year proudly wearing the new Army Service Uniform (ASU).  Cadets appear to stand just a little taller in that uniform versus the old green one.

They have a very busy year planned.

Drill meets are scheduled every other week.

“I am preparing the team to be more competitive and hopefully to win first place at the District competition this year,” Junior Tonisha Hall, dill commander, said.

This competition was December 8 at McEntire Joint National Guard Base in Eastover.

“Although the Raider Battalion has deceased in numbers, our quality has been extremely better than [in] the other years,” Senior Moesha Priester said.

The Color Guard, like in every year, is extremely busy presenting the colors at football games and various community events.

“JCLC [Junior Cadet Leadership Challenge] gave us new experiences and helped a lot of us to gain confidence and potential to become better leaders,” Junior Amber Abraham said.

It’s been a challenge for them because they are competing against all students, some playing volleyball, on the band and in the new program Young Life.

JROTC is getting prepared by having practice Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-5:00 P.M. and competition days Mondays and Fridays 3:30-5:00 P.M.

The cadets participated in National Wreaths across America ceremony at Fort Jackson National cemetery on December 13.

The Raider Battalion will once again have a formal award ceremony instead of the Military Ball.

Finally, the cadet JROTC staff members are planning an exciting end-of-the-year trip.