WHITEFIELD, N.H. -- For the seventh consecutive year, JROTC (Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps) cadets with the White Mountains Regional High School Spartan Battalion hosted a group of JROTC cadets from Queens, N.Y. During their stay, six cadets from Francis Lewis High School (FLHS) stayed with families of WMRHS cadets, shadowed them to class, and participated in an array of fun and educational events.

In addition to experiencing what it is like to attend a rural New England high school, the cadets kept busy after school participating in bowling, a family pot luck dinner, a sledding party, a tour of Littleton and a visit to Chutters.

Five WMRHS cadets will visit FLHS Feb. 23-26 and participate in an exchange with their cadets. The cadets will stay with host families, shadow their cadets, and experience what it is like to attend a large urban high school. Other planned activities include a visit to Times Square in Manhattan, the Empire State Building, and Rockefeller Center.

Although there are many similarities between both of the Army JROTC programs, they are distinctly different. WMRHS has approximately 400 students and 50 cadets in the JROTC program. In contrast, FLHS has a culturally diverse student population of over 4,000 students and over 1,000 JROTC cadets. This is a great educational and cultural experience for all students who participate in the program. Another important aspect of this program is that none of the students miss any classes because it takes place during their winter break and there is no cost to the school districts because the entire trip is funded by the cadets.

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