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October 18, 2012
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2012-13 Highlander Battalion boasts 103 cadets

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. - The Incline High School Highlander Battalion is off to another fast-paced and exiting start to the school year. This year, the Highlander Battalion boasts 103 cadets, making up 37 percent of Incline High School's population. This is the highest enrollment rate of all JROTC programs in the Washoe County School District.

The upperclassmen leaders have so far been enjoying leading the new cadets, and the new cadets look forward to the wealth of opportunity that the Highlander Battalion provides.

Freshman cadet Scott Jones expressed, "I am really excited about joining the varsity air rifle team, and moving up through the cadet ranks."

The Incline Highlander Battalion began the school year strong by participating in several community events. Incline JROTC's new Battalion Commander, C/LTC Daniel Baron and new Command Sergeant Major, C/CSM Elizabeth Resney, kickstarted the year by introducing the JROTC program to incoming freshmen and their parents on Aug. 17 at the Freshmen Orientation. After introducing the program, the cadets who attended this event then gave tours of the high school to the incoming freshman class.

Once the school year started, the Highlander Battalion immediately began helping out the Incline Schools and the Community. The Highlander Cadets were honored to help out with the Incline Elementary and Incline High School Back to School Nights. On Sept. 4, 10 cadets helped out at the Incline Elementary School Open House. These cadets were a huge help to IES by directing parents to classrooms.

On Sept. 19, 15 cadets guided parents at Incline High School's annual Back to School Night, where they not only helped direct parents to their children's classes, but also answered any questions that any of the parents had.

Third year cadet and upperclassman, Michael Berge, stated that, "It was a great opportunity to meet the parents of the new cadets that I now have the privilege of working with."

On Sept. 27, in order to give Middle School students a taste of the JROTC leadership program, the Highlander Battalion set up a ropes course at Incline Middle School. The students had a great time navigating three different low rope obstacles that required both balance and coordination.

More than 20 cadets volunteered at the local I-CAN Run this year. These cadets helped set up the event on Aug. 31. Four cadets created a color guard and presented colors. The cadets also supported the event and helped clean it up on Sept. 1.

The Incline Highlander Battalion is looking forward to participating in several events for Incline High School's Homecoming on Oct. 19. The Battalion will begin the festivities by marching in the Homecoming Parade. This will be followed by a tailgater where cadets will enjoy a meal before the football game.

Before the beginning of the game, the Battalion will have a color guard that will present the colors and 12 cadets will then present the Garrison Flag, which measures 20x30 feet.

Finally, the cadets will present the Homecoming King, Queen, Princes, and Princesses by creating the Saber Arch with eight cadets to show honors.

C/CSM Elizabeth Resney stated that, "Homecoming is a great time to meet other people in the battalion and just have fun."

The Battalion cannot wait to participate in these exciting events.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Oct 18, 2012 12:26PM Published Oct 18, 2012 12:25PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.