Walla Walla High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Blue Devils Cadet Battalion drill and rifle teams brought home numerous awards after competing Dec. 5 at East Valley High School, Yakima.
Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps competitors represented Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine programs from 11 schools from the Cascade Mountains league which spans from Southern Oregon to Spokane, according to Lt. Col. Bill Bialozor, Wa-Hi senior Army instructor.
Blue Devil cadet achievements include Unarmed drill team: Cadet Maj. Terrika Zapata, first place, Unarmed Drill Team Commander Unarmed Drill Team, fifth place.
Armed drill team: Cadet Sgt. Shane Perkins, third place, Armed Drill Down; Cadet 2nd Lt. Triton Perrin, fourth place, Individual Armed Drill, and sixth place, Armed Drill Commander;
Armed Drill Team, sixth place.
Color guard: Color Guard No. 1, fifth place; Color Guard No. 2, fourth place.
Rifle marksmanship: Air Rifle Precision Team No. 1, first place; Air Rifle Team No. 2, Sporter Class, fifth place;
Cadet 1st Lt. Elliot Holt, third place, Air Rifle, Precision Class; Cadet Sgt. Skyler Carpenter, fourth place in Air Rifle Sporter Class Sharpshooter Division; Cadet Sgt. Karri Mickelson, fifth place, Air Rifle Sporter Class, Master Division.
Wa-Hi JROTC faculty include Senior Army Instructor/Drill Team Coach Lt.Col. Bill Bialozor and Army Instructor/Shooting Team Coach Master Sgt. Gerry Taylor. Dutch Meier is volunteer media advisor for JROTC.
Things have changed a lot since Milton-Freewater's first Christmas Cotillion in 1974, said Bob Jones with the Milton-Freewater Public Library. He researched the archives to find out that the annual Cancer Benefit Christmas Ball was at the National Guard Armory for several years, but is now at the Elks Lodge in Freewater. The first year 135 couples bought tickets; the second year a capacity crowd of 340 was present. In 2008 attendance had decreased to 85 couples. The event's success requires community effort, Bob said.
In recent years donations have included major appliances for a silent auction to benefit St. Mary Regional Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society. This year's event was Dec. 5.