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Page 4B EDUCATION Hays Free Press June 2, 2010 Changing of the Guard Hays JROTC recognizes achievements, new members STAFF REPORTS The Marine Corps Junior ROTC cadets from Hays High School gathered at the Performing Arts Center on the evening of May 5 to recognize several of their own for supe- rior accomplishments during the school year, the culminat- ing event of the organization. The event started, as it has for the past 14 years, with the traditional recognition for the graduating cadets that have participated in the MC[ROTC program all four years at Hays. The wish for "Fair W'mds and Following Seas" went to gradu- ating, fourth-year Cadets, C/ Col Nathaniel Sigrnan, C/LtCol Ryan Druell, C/LtCol Bonnika Ashle]6 C/LtCol NicoleW'fl- liamson, and C/Maj Edbriel Ma_nzo. Each year, the cadets use this opportunity to make their annual contribution to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This year's donation of $5,000 will grant the wish of 17-year-old Matthew from Kyte. In the last 15 years, the Marine Cadets at Hays have donated almost $42,000 to fulfill the dreams of local children with life-threat- ening diseases. [ROLE members have accmnulated 3,500 hours of program-sponsored activities; several of which raise funds that allowed them to also provide $1,300 to the American Heart Association and over $1,200 to the American Cancer Society through the Relay for event. "Involvement In the com- munity and service to others is an integral part of our program and something the Marine Corps feels is a top priority in developing solid citizenship in the cadets," said Maj. David Hamil, the Senior Marine In- structor at Hays. While several of the gradu- ating Cadets have earned scholarships to help further their education, two of the Hays Cadets were recognized for receiving scholarships that have a"military" connection. COURTESY PHOTO Hays High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC Cadet Colonel Nathaniel Sigman completes the annual ceremony "Passing the Colors" to Cadet Major Kaitlyn Williamson. C/LtCol Ryan Druell was awarded a $500 scholarship from the Austin Chapter of the Military Officer's Association of America. He will use it in pursuit of a commission in the Marine Corps while he attends The Citadel. C/SSgt Veronica Bentley has received a full, four-year Naval ROTC scholarship to the University of Texas, where she plans to attain her degree and A number of students were honored with awards spon- sored by local chapters and posts of national, patriotic- based organizations. The final and most-coveted award of the evening was the "Semper Fidelis Award," presented to the cadet who demonstrated, above all others, the core values of the Marine Corps: Hionor, Courage and Commitment. The ceremonial sword and one of the graduating fourth- year seniors. The occasion culminated with the "passIng of the colors," as C/COl Nathaniel Sigman relinquished his com- mand of Rebel Battalion to next years' Battalion Commander, C/Maj Kaitlyn Williamson. According to Maj. Hamil, next years' enrollment in this special program at Hays will be about 115 students, with half of that number returning for their wa!Jrnmunt plaque  pre- i sed, third or fourth years as sentedGiLtCol Ryan,': ! ,, : ... ..... Hawk art winner Hemphill Elementary 4th-grader Vanessa school-wide "Draw a Hawk" contest spone McCIosky. As the contest winner, Vanessa the wall at the school entrance. Additionall 5th-graders Evelyn Ramirez and Amanda D the Hemphill cafeteria wall. Drawings of th and are now displayed in the campus conk PHOTO BY PAIGE COLLIER Trelles recently won the ored by art teacher Emily got to paint her hawk on /, a collaborative effort of niets is to be displayed on runners-up were framed rence room. PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN Do you know Uno? Kyle Elementary enjoyed a visit last week frOm Uno, the beagle that captured nationwide attention when he won Best in Show at the 2008 Westminster Kennel Club Show. The Visit served dual purposes - a celebration of the school's Accelerated Reading success (over 21,000 books read) and as a kick-off to the !Kyle Public Library sum- mer reading season. Getting a close up took at Uno are a couple of second-graders from teacher Beverley Peeller's class - Aryka Lopez (left) and Treyson Lopez.  . ..... + I I I Ii