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Tradition, honors continue for North Forsyth JROTC program

NORTH FORSYTH — The only JROTC high school program in Forsyth County was recently awarded the highest rating a unit can earn during an inspection by officials from the Office of the USMC Inspector General.

Cadets in the North Forsyth High School Marine Corps JROTC program underwent a tri-annual inspection on St. Patrick’s Day, with close attention being paid to their performance and appearance.

According to Col. Charles Delair, senior inspector, just three units in the Southeast achieved the Exceeds Expectations rating this year.

“These cadets have done a particularly outstanding job this year,” said Maj. Mac Kelly, senior Marine instructor. “They have balanced rigorous academic classes, part-time jobs and school extracurricular activities to make their program one of the best in the nation.

“That is not bragging, just stating an indisputable fact.”

The marks earned by the program’s cadets top a string of awards they have accumulated this school year.

They began the year by being named the Outstanding MCJROTC Unit in the Southeast, an award they have earned fur out of the past five years. They then were selected as a National Naval Honor School for the 10th consecutive year.

At the Georgia All Service Drill Meet, the Raider Fitness Team placed first in the distance running event.

The Drill Team won first place overall trophies in their first two drill meets and placed third in the state JROTC Drill Meet.

The Rifle Team placed eighth nationally among MCJROTC teams and is currently in contention for the state title.

“These cadets have been routinely challenged to do things that only our program attempts, and they have never hesitated to accept and excel in these projects and activities,” Kelly said.

The program at North, which is an elective class, will conclude this school year with a Change of Command and Award Ceremony on May 5 and a trip to the Combined Cadet Leadership Camp at the end of May.

That will be followed by attending the National Flight Academy in June, an Orientation Trip to Parris Island later in June and a Summer Leadership Camp for new students in late July.