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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Hopewell student moving up the ranks in JROTC
Alec Greenberg, 16, has always loved anything to do with the Army and military history.
The Huntersville teen and former Lake Norman Charter School student transferred to Hopewell High School in the fall of 2010, at the beginning of his freshman year to pursue a spot in the highly regarded and well-respected Hopewell High School Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program.
Alec made his decision to transfer after touring the school with Col. Mike Puckett, the head of the Hopewell JROTC program. Alec said he found Puckett inspiring.
Alec’s involvement with JROTC taught him how to properly shoot a rifle and read a topographical map, he said. By the second semester of his freshman year, he had been accepted to the Raider team.
The Raider team is an elite group that competes against other Raider teams in different events, which test physical strength, endurance, survival skills and teamwork.
Hopewell’s JROTC program was recently selected to attend the Raider National Meeting in Molina, Ga., on Nov. 2-3. Alec’s Raider Team will compete against raider teams from all over the nation.
Raider competitions often involve personal fitness and individual strength tests including push-ups, curl-ups, tire drag, and sit-ups. There are also distance team running events, through the woods obstacle events, and also some form of rescue and first aid event.
To prepare for competition, Alec and his Raider team members endure intense workouts similar to the U.S. Army Rangers. The team runs 5Ks regularly, a mile in under six minutes, 80 sit-ups and 70 push-ups in two-minute increments.
JROTC students are awarded ribbons for their accomplishment including perfect attendance and good grades. Alec has achieved many ranks, ribbons and cords in his two years in the program and was recently promoted to cadet company commander for 2012/13.
“The program teaches values that enhance being a good citizen, leadership, public communication in speaking and writing, teamwork, physical fitness and good health,” said his mother, Catherine Greenberg. “It promotes the value of a good education and, because of that, has a 98 percent graduation rate for students enrolled in the program, compared to CMS’ overall graduation rate of 73 percent. I don’t believe that Alec would have gotten nearly as much out of his high school experience without being a part of this program. They are fine-tuning the leader in him.”
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