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Who can handle the Army challenge on Saturday?
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Justine Montantes of Lathrop and Trevor Bower of Manteca team up in the Army recruiting office Wednesday afternoon in preparation for the team challenge set for Saturday at Woodward Park in Manteca. Recruiting Sgt. Donald Day is keeping an eye on the pair. - photo by GLENN KAHL

Teams of five competitors each will match their skills in team building activities Saturday at Woodward Park in the Army Grad Challenge.

The potential Army enlistees will be drilled on agility, strength, endurance, intelligence and problem solving with all high schools from Lodi to Ceres including Manteca Unified School District’s six high schools.

Manteca recruiting Sgt. Donald Day noted the enlistments are at 108 percent of last year for active duty soldiers and at 100 percent for the reserve component.  The new fiscal year just began in October, he said.

Justine Montantes of Lathrop High School and Trevor Bower of Manteca High were at the North Main Street recruiting office Wednesday afternoon when they were measured for their push up endurance

Montantes said she is interested in the field of nursing in the Army and Bower added that he hopes to go into the infantry.  Both were in their initial phase of testing for their respective schools.

Each member of the winning team will receive a Netbook.

 “Get together a team of five and see if you’ve really got what it takes to win the challenge,” Sgt. Day challenged high school students.

The challenge event will take place over three hours from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday at Woodward Park south of the highway 120 Bypass.

The Army Grad Challenge is being conducted by the U.S. Army and hosted by KMIX-FM on-the-air personalities.  Registration will take place at the recruiting office at 1184 North Main Street or at