Etcetera - 03/09/11

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The Walla Walla High School JROTC Blue Devils Cadet Battalion selected Cadet Cpl. Zachary Chlipala as its Cadet of the Month for February.

Zachary's achievement was rewarded with an immediate promotion. He was promoted to this new rank after he won the top spot with a total score of 313 points, the presiding official on the board told the online Walla Walla Public School Week in Review.

He was selected from three 15-year-old freshmen candidates who were inspected and examined in oral interviews by a board of four advanced Cadets, said Lt. Col. Bill Bialozor, senior Army instructor for the JROTC program.

Zachary joined JROTC because he wants to be the best American he can be through means of discipline, knowledge and participation. He plans to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Washington, then work for the CIA as a researcher in the science, weapons and technologies department. He enjoys science, mixed martial arts, video games, the computer, music and his drum set.

"His strongest competitive category was his bearing," said Cadet Command Sgt. Maj. Seth Thomas. "This Cadet of the Month was a close match, since all of the Cadets' performances were outstanding."

First runner up was freshman Cadet Cpl. Nicholas Russell, with 225 points. His strongest suit was his bearing. Second runner up was Cadet Pvt. 1st Class Nicholas Anderson, with 121 points. He was a great candidate for only being in the program for one month.

"After the board tallied the points and the winner was clear, we held a ceremony to promote the winning cadet one rank higher, to recognize him for his hard work and personal success," Bill said.

Wa-Hi JROTC Cadets participate in the program to develop leadership skills and to strive to be better citizens in society. Many Cadets compete with drill, marksmanship, and physical training teams as well as attend the class. The cadets travel to and compete in drill meets at 16 other schools in the Cascade Division that include Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy Cadet programs.

Berney Elementary School is sporting a new electronic scoreboard in the gym.

Installed on Feb. 24 by Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co., it incurred zero expense to the school district, the online Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review noted. The energy-efficient device will enhance the physical education and athletic programs at Berney, said Ryan Van Dyke, physical education teacher. "We will be able to use the scoreboard clock for timed station work in our physical education classes," Ryan said. "It will also provide the Lincoln High School basketball program a functional scoreboard for its home games which are played at Berney. Thanks so much to Pepsi for this generous gift."

Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at 526-8313.

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