Baker student heads to Hawaii for 'once-in-a-lifetime' JROTC competition

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Monday, June 2, 2014 at 09:48 AM.

BAKER — Josh Long wants to face his fears.

"Rappelling off a 45-foot tower is nerve-racking to me, considering I have a fear of heights," he said.

The 17-year-old headed to Hawaii last weekend to do just that during a junior ROTC competition.

In addition to spending two weeks touring the island of Oahu in Honolulu, Long will take part in the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge at the Schofield Barracks. For four days, 72 cadets will compete in day and night land-navigation activities, rope rappelling and obstacle courses.

It'll be a packed schedule, Baker JROTC instructor Michael Ramirez said.

"...These kids will have their days planned out for them from early in the morning until the evening," he said. 

JCLC is a JROTC requirement that gives cadets confidence-building military training, Ramirez said. 

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