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JROTC Cadet Loses Competition While Helping Competitor

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CLARSKVILLE, Tenn. The JROTC program at West Creek High may only be a few years old, but the trophies that line the hallways and classrooms make it seem like a unit that's been around for decades.

Only some members compete in the National Raider Competition, a two-day event that test cadets from around the world.

Senior Manuel Angel practiced obstacles and ran cross country to train.

"I was mentally prepared for it. I knew I was going to win," he said Monday.

In the Cross Country Rescue (CCR) event, Angel was in second place and closing in on first while trying to execute the game plan his instructor, Sgt. Maj. Aaron Keener, taught him.

"Wait for him to break down and then he would finish on the course stronger," Keener said.

But Angel and his opponent hit a course obstacle. They both went over a vault, but only Angel did so successfully.

"He slips and I hear a loud crack and he starts screaming," Angel said.

Keener believes the other cadet broke his leg.

Instead of finishing for the win, Angel turned around and made sure his opponent got help as other cadets whizzed by them.

"I think anybody else that was in my position would have done the same thing," he said.

Even after stopping, he put his ruck sack back on, and started again. He tied for fourth, while mastering a lesson he learned to never leave someone behind.

"He won in both ways," Keener said.

West Creek High School honored Angel during a Veterans Day program last week.

Monday night, Angel was scheduled to enlist in the Navy where he hopes to one day become a Seal.

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