The Sussex Tech JROTC Raven Battalion hosted its annual Invitational Raider Challenge March 17, at which 10 teams participated. The opening ceremonies were highlighted by a skydiving demonstration by the U.S. Naval Academy Skydiving Demo Team.
Naval Midshipman Second Class Brian Holloway of Vermont brought down the American flag and JROTC flag while past Sussex Tech JROTC Battalion Commander Maddie Crimmins sang the national anthem. Then team captain Midshipman First Class Dan Murphy of Wisconsin and Midshipman Third Class Ryan Hill of New York performed a series of coordinated aerial maneuvers.
Team members who served as ground crew for the demonstration were Midshipman First Class Zach Tatum of Kentucky and Midshipman First Class Sam Prescott of California. Volunteering the use of his plane and piloting it was U.S. Army Major (Ret.) Mike Davidson of Laurel, a former member of the U.S. Army parachute team, The Golden Knights.
Schools represented at the Raider Invitational Challenge were, from Delaware, Cape Henlopen., Sussex Central, and two teams from Dover High School.; from Maryland, McDonough, Forestville Military Academy, and two teams from Thomas Stone High School.; and from New Jersey, Delsea Regional High School. Sussex Central won the overall title.
Competition was held in physical fitness, navigation, first aid, one-rope bridge and the one-mile run. The entire event was planned and run by the Sussex Tech cadets. The Sussex Tech Raider Teams did not compete at their hosted competition.