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North Forsyth JROTC hosting meet Saturday

NORTH FORSYTH -- A local high school will look more like a boot camp this weekend.

Starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, North Forsyth High School’s Marine Corps JROTC program will host a raider meet featuring area schools with similar programs.

“Multiple schools that have JROTC programs are coming to compete on obstacle course, rope bridges, shooting air rifles, they’re doing a cross country rescue and they’re running for times,” said senior Taryn Meyer, who handles the program’s public affairs.

Not to be confused with North’s mascot, the raider competition is the junior version of the ranger competition that takes place between college ROTC programs.

Meyer, a cadet captain in the program, said the team has already been working to get ready for the event, which will be at the school at 3635 Coal Mountain Drive.

“After we do our physical training we go and clean up the trail and the fields to make sure they’re prepared,” he said. “Our raider team has been practicing in the morning and at night, so it’s a lot of teamwork and a lot of time.

“The team is really excited because it is their second meet of the season, and they’re really getting into it.”

North is the only JROTC program in the county, and in May the male team ranked first, and the female fourth, nationwide in the Marine Corps League-sponsored Youth Fitness Test.