In a recent news release from North Forsyth High School’s Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, a year of achievements and awards the group has received over the 2017-18 school year was recounted.
According to the release, the program, now in its 21st year at North Forsyth, has been named National Naval Honor School for 13 consecutive years, Best MCJROTC program in the southeast for four out of the past six years, and has had more than 25 participating students receive military academy appointments and scholarships with more than 300 of its graduates enlisting in the military.
“They do not wear numbers on the shirts and run on a field, court, track or diamond … they do not demonstrate artistic ability through their singing, playing instruments or on-stage acting … few parents live vicariously through their children’s achievements in this activity and many citizens of Forsyth County do not even know that this program exists,” the release stated.
“While lacking public notoriety, the MCJROTC Raider Challenge Team has established a solid reputation in the Southeast. The team is composed of male, female and mixed teams that compete against other JROTC units in physical fitness-related activities,” the release stated.
The Raider Challenge Team has won 41 trophies, according to the release, and teaches students strength agility and teamwork.
“The Raider Challenge activity is an outstanding tool for building motivated, physically fit cadets. It provides an environment that fosters teamwork, mutual assistance, and responsibility — traits that can be carried on to any other activity or facet of life,” said North Forsyth High School JROTC instructor Jack Snook.
The release stated that the MCJROTC rifle team placed 11th this year in the nation at the National Civilian Marksmanship Program match and will face off against a Kennesaw Mountain team in the final match on April 12.
The last activity, the North Forsyth High School MCJROTC Drill Team and Color Guard has won over 35 trophies this year, according to the release, and “for the past two years the team has earned the honor of representing the Southeastern MCJROTC programs in National MCJROTC Drill Competition.”
“North Forsyth High School is the only school in Forsyth County that offers a JROTC program. The instructors and the MCJROTC cadets are looking forward to beginning their 22nd year at North Forsyth in August,” the release stated.