Newberry College ROTC Cadets Place In Ranger Challenge
October 22, 2018
FORT PICKETT, Va. – Newberry College members of the Highlander Battalion Army ROTC participated in the annual 4th Brigade Ranger Challenge, held Oct. 20-21 in Fort Pickett, Va. The day-long competition, designed to test basic army skills and knowledge, saw two Highlander teams place 19th and 33rd, respectively, of 48 teams in attendance.
“We are so proud of our cadets, not only for their determination and strong showing at the Ranger Challenge, but also their dedication to better-serving the United States of America,” said senior military instructor Master Sgt. Skip McMillan.
The challenge, which followed a night of outdoor camping, began with a five-mile jog, followed by a series of 16 testing stations. The sparsely-placed stations challenged skills including map-reading, radio transmission and identifying hand grenades.
“I volunteered to do the Ranger Challenge to improve my fitness and leadership skills” said Newberry junior Korina Martinez, of Fayetteville, N.C. The first-time participant added that her skills were tested past expectations.
The Highlander Battalion includes students from Newberry College, Lander University and Presbyterian College, whose campus hosts the program. Team A, led by Newberry junior Corey Lorence (Lexington, S.C.), and Lander sophomore Catherine Rithianos, earned 19th place. Team B, led by Presbyterian junior Cameron Glenn, placed 33rd .