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Hardin Park Wins Battle of Books, WHS Marine Corps JROTC Places 2nd in Regional Competition

Hardin Park’s middle school Battle of the Books team took home first place at the regional competition: Alexandra Newmark, Amira Younce, Makayla Barnes, Apurba Paudel, Tucker Brown, Annie Veno, Ella Triplett, Lydia Rothrock, Ellery Rushing
Hardin Park Battle of the Books team wins regional competition
The Hardin Park Middle School Battle of the Books Team won the regional competition last Thursday — earning the trip to regionals after winning the top spot in the Watauga County Schools competition.

The team will now travel to Raleigh May 5 to participate in the state competition representing Region seven of the N.C. Public Schools. 

Hardin Park Media Specialist and BoB Coach Candice Trexler said the state competition was an intense contest between just nine teams, the top BoB competitors from across North Carolina.

WHS JROTC takes home awards at Appalachian Regional Championship

The Watauga High School Marine Corps JROTC wrapped up its competitive season last week, placing second overall in its at the Appalachian Regional JROTC Championships hosted by Science Hill High School in Johnson City, Tenn.

The WHS Cadet Air Rifle Marksmanship and Physical Fitness Teams took first place, the Academic Team took home a second place spot, and the Drill Team placed second and third respectively in the Inspection and Advanced Unarmed Squad events.

WHS Senior Marine Instructor Lt. Col. Gerald Harper expressed his pride in his cadet’s dedication and commitment to their work.

“The cadets worked very hard,” Harper said. “They did a terrific job and are continuing to build on a long tradition of excellence at WHS.”  

Air Rifle Team members (left to right) Miguel Ruiz, Jared Richardson, Garrett Adams, Noah Pearson, Sehrenia Toms, Alta Turner
Cadet Grace Moorhead on the pull up bar.
Drill Commander 1stLt Conor Mattox with squad members Will Soule, Noah Pearson, Ramses Masis, Miguel Ruiz, Christian Garcia, Alex Hastings.
Conor Mattox, Alec Hastings, Dominique Hammac, Noah Pearson, Reese Horbury, Grace Moorhead, Isabella Templeton