Smith-Cotton's JROTC program will host its 12th annual Drill Meet on Saturday, February 17 at Smith-Cotton High School. Cadets Irin Johnson, Karina Miranda and Krysta Ott told KSIS News that hours for the Drill Meet are approximately 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

"A bunch of JROTC programs from different schools will come and compete their drill teams," said Johnson. "A drill team consists of many different cadets in the program that are a part of organized marching, and regulation, and exhibition."

Several fundraisers to benefit the JROTC program will take place during the meet, according to Ott. "There's a silent auction that will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There's plenty of items. There's a really cool item, which is Starline Brass Mossberg Patriot Hunting Rifle with a 3 x 9 scope. There's hunting baskets, there's household items, there's other themed baskets with candy and chocolate...hundreds of items donated by people from all over the community, and other communities that are going to be there. There will be a 50/50 raffle, a people's choice award...all of the money will go straight back to the JROTC program to buy computers for the classroom, to take our drill teams to Daytona to compete at nationals, and scholarships."

Miranda says that the Smith-Cotton JROTC program is strong, with over 200 cadets participating. "I feel like we're an example to many other schools...I feel like we set a good standard. It's pretty high. We love to go out and show our pride and our support of our school and our sponsors."

The Smith-Cotton JROTC Drill Meet is a free event. For more information, contact the JROTC office at 660-851-5317.