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East Union High JROTC hosts 11 schools, 350 cadets during annual drill & ceremony

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East Union High JROTC hosts 11 schools, 350 cadets during annual drill & ceremony

The arm wrestling competition.

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POSTED February 18, 2009 5:11 a.m.
The  East Union Junior ROTC hosted their 9th Annual Drill & Ceremony on Saturday with 11 different schools attending.  

Derick Davis played the national anthem with his trumpet for the opening ceremonies.

Over 350 cadets attended with the farthest school from Fresno.  

The categories were color guard, squad without arms, and with arms, platoon with and without arms, and outside on East Union’s grounds the Raider and Raiderette teams competed on the obstacle course. When all was over, East Union placed in first and two second places for their performances.  E.U. Platoon without arms placed first with Cadet Kevin Aguilar as commander. The squad without arms took 2nd, commanded by Cadet Luis Aguilar. The Raider/Raiderette took 2nd Place commanded by Cadet Commander Cliff Amick who serves as the Lancer Battalion commander.  Special notice goes to Cadet Vanessa Rodrigues for being the strongest female during the arm wrestling competition while second place for the men’s arm wrestling went to Cilff Amick.

Being Valentine’s Day, the Lancer Battalion, made sure that all of the female cadets were given a beautiful paper flower made by the FFA program at East Union. The overall winner this year went to Fresno High school.

The schools attending were  Fresno, Manteca, Sierra, Lathrop, Franklin, Mt. Diablo, Lincoln, Ripon, Edison, Weston Ranch, and East Union.

The competition handed out to visitors had a Mission Statement that stated: To motivate young people to be better citizens by offering challenges and opportunities to sharpen communication skills, promote and encourage citizenship through participation in community service projects, leadership, self-esteem, physical fitness, incentives to live drug-free and to promote graduation from high school and solid career development.
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