Cadets in HNHS’s JROTC program participate in a raider competition at William Henry Harrison High School in Evansville on April 17. The school placed first overall, continuing a string of successful competitions in the program’s first year.

Huntington North High School’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) will host the state’s final Raider Competition this weekend in what will serve as a fitting conclusion to what has been a successful inaugural year for the program.

Bobby Blair, Chief Warrant Officer 2 (retired), said that Saturday’s event will be the first Raider Competition held at Huntington North High School. Blair, who leads the JROTC program alongside Sergeant First Class (retired) Dana Lescoe, said that he is “thankful” for the support of the Huntington County Community School Corporation and the U.S. military that allowed the program to begin at HNHS last fall. Lescoe said that there will be at least five schools traveling to Huntington to participate in the raider competition.