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Cadets Support Veterans At Retiree Day 
C/2LT Soo Yong Lee 
​4.23.17

Retiree Day

On April 21st, 2017, the Ram Battalion continued its commitment to excellence in the community. 11 of the program's cadets spent the day on Joint Base Lewis McChord, serving at the JBLM Retiree Appreciation Day. This annual event serves veterans in the area, providing things such as the Madigan Health Fair, legal services, ID card renewal processes, and other veteran service organizations. The Battalion is proud to be able to serve, in any way, shape, or form, the men and women who have sacrificed for their country.




Ram Battalion Returns From Nationals
C/2LT Soo Yong Lee 
​4.4.17

JROTC Nationals

After a weekend in Kentucky, the Armed and Unarmed Drill Teams have returned back home in Washington. The Army Nationals Competition was held in the Louisville Expo Center, with events lasting the whole day. Although standings may have been a bit disappointing, CW3 Meray is still proud of the cadets, and asserts that since "this was the Ram Battalion's first time competing in a competition of this level, against JROTC programs on the East coast that attend every year", with more years of experience, our Drill Teams will only get better. Unarmed placed 30th out of 41 schools, while Armed placed 40th out of 49.

Many cadets agree that the new experience was one that was unforgettable. According to Sophomore Ammil Fajardo, "The experience was once in a lifetime. I'm glad that I could go my first year of high school, since our teams will only get better for the next time we return to Nationals."

Our cadets came back tired, but nevertheless, the rest of the battalion is proud of our Special Teams!




JROTC Cadets Invited to Lunch With Dr. Yeomans
C/2LT Soo Yong Lee 
​3.29.17
JROTC Superintendent Visit
 From left to right: Row 1: Mrs. Maija Thiel (CTE Director), CW3 Michael Meray, Kayla Jarvis, Soo Yong Lee, Dr. Tim Yeomans (PSD Superintendent)
                                                        Row 2: Nick Bronson, Jacob Porter, Kaleb Hinz, Andrew Magliocca

Yesterday, March 28th, select battalion staff members were invited to lunch with the district Superintendent, Dr. Yeomans at the District Headquarters in downtown Puyallup. Six members of primary staff (BC, XO, CSM, as well as our S-1, ACO and DCO commanders who have reapplied for staff next year), along with the Ram Battalion SAI, CW3 Meray, spent the day with Dr. Yeomans and Mrs. Maija Thiel. Upon arrival, Dr. Yeomans took the small party through the building, introducing the students to various district personnel, explaining the various functions of the Puyallup School District, as well its role within the community.

For lunch, Dr. Yeomans served pizza in his office, and explained purpose of the "Lunch with the Superintendent" program. He explained how when he first began serving as a superintendent, multiple people said that he would have no direct contact with students. However, he said, "Our main obligation is to the students, which is why we meet with upwards of 36 student groups every year." These students, representing different facets of schools of the Puyallup School District* - such as ASB officers, school leadership, or separate programs such as JROTC) - are invited out to one of five District Headquarters for a couple hours, not just for a building tour and lunch, but also to discuss how the school district functions in the lives of students.

Students were asked about their own experiences in the Puyallup School District, to which Ms. Kayla Jarvis responded, "Definitely the diversity." She explained how the last school district that she had attended had not seen as much diversity, and that coming to the Puyallup School District opened her mind to other people and their cultures. From there, the conversation moved to how JROTC had impacted the lives of the students individually, and then to Dr. Yeomans ultimately giving many wisdoms.

He spoke about success, relating it to his own experiences through life. He not only emphasized the importance of hard work to be successful, but also spoke through an aphorism that resound well with the Army Values embraced by the Ram Battalion: "If you're in a hole, stop digging." He explained the importance to, when faced with adversity, reevaluate yourself and your situation before taking any action; to confront your own mistakes and to also live introspectively.

On the way out, he gave each one of the students a handshake and a copy of The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason, which is the first book that students of Harvard Business School are given. During lunch, he had spoken of this book, saying that understanding the truths hidden in its pages is equivalent to gaining a million dollars. In other words, the book holds the key to success - both in money and in life.

Dr. Yeomans, we thank you for your advice and, in your words, "your gift of a million dollars."


*Pictures of other groups who have experienced Lunch With The Superintendent can be found at this link:
https://www.puyallup.k12.wa.us/Superintendent_lunch.aspx?portalId=141151&pageId=2906023




Ram Battalion Places Overall Third At Regionals, On Its Way To Nationals
C/2LT Soo Yong Lee 
​3.22.17

JROTC Third At Regionals


After a grueling Saturday, the Ram Battalion is pleased to announce that the Rogers High School JROTC has placed Overall Third for the 2016-2017 Drill & Rifle Competition season. Since even before the school year began, all of our special teams* have been working hard, and for the past couple months, the schools belonging to the Northwest Region have traveled to each other's schools to compete against each other. Overall placement is determined by the school's performance throughout the season; Rogers students have been placing well all throughout the year.

One of the most successful teams this year has been Color Guard Team One, consisting of Cadets Richard Galang, Keanu Maples, Jacob Porter, and Andrew Magliocca. After practices every week for at least a couple years, the members have grown closer together, which is a point that Cadet Andrew Magliocca reinforces, saying that "[t]he thing I most enjoyed about the team was winning as a team." Color Guard Team One placed second in the division, receiving a plaque at the Awards Ceremony last Saturday.

Another team that has placed particularly high all season is Armed Drill Team. The team isn't just the most recent one at Rogers - when C/Richard Galang came to the Ram Battalion three years earlier, he brought with him the knowledge of spinning rifles. That the team is brand new has not changed the impact it's had on its members. Cadet Seth Tecsi says, "I feel like it's made me more disciplined. Being on the team showed me how to work with others well and to cooperate when we're under pressure." From sophomore to senior year, he attributes his success to the team atmosphere that he's developed: "the most important thing to success for a team to succeed is treating each other like family." Furthermore, he advises the commander for next year to "keep in mind that there will be problems down the road, but if you keep your vision strong, and push forward, you will succeed." One of the problems that this year's team encountered was the low number of members at competitions. Due to a multiplier, where teams with more members are rewarded for participation, the Ram Battalion's small team of ten was challenged every Saturday. However, by placing highest in raw scores every competition, the Armed Drill Team is headed for Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky from March 31st to April 2nd, 2017.

Along with the Armed Drill Team, the Unarmed Drill Team will be going to Kentucky to compete in Nationals as well. Not only has the team done well all year, Commander Seth Torres has received multiple first place Commanders Awards. He says that "[w]e only got 7-8 practices a month so it was hard for all of us to learn and become a great team and connect - [but I made sure to] wake up every morning... and make sure I was motivated so my team could look at me as a motivated leader as well." Similarly to its Commander, the Unarmed Drill Team finished very well, placing Second in the division.

Also placing Second was Ram Team, also known as the Rogers JROTC's physical strength team. Headed by Commander Kaleb Hinz, the team has done exceptionally well. Cadet Thomas Kendall placed First at Regionals for Iron Woman, an award given to a female cadet with the highest overall physical strength scores. For Iron Man, Cadet Alex Alfaro placed Second. Unlike the other team commanders, Cadet Kaleb Hinz will be leading his team to victory again next year, saying that "I have no doubt that... we will place well again." Not only did he talk about the difficulties of having competition dates so close together as a physical strength team, he advises next year's team to never quit. "If you have the mindset to succeed, then anything is possible. Always stay consistent in your workouts and make sure to push yourself to your limits every work out, but most of all, never quit."

It's advice that not everyone can relate completely to, but it can certainly be applied to everyone's lives.

Congratulations to everyone who competed on Saturday, and thank you for everyone who has been supporting our battalion throughout the year!

*Details about our special teams can be found at this here:
https://rhs.puyallup.k12.wa.us/SpecialTeamsInfo.aspx?portalId=447991&pageId=2895582




Rogers High School to Host NW Drill & Rifle Regionals 2017
C/2LT Soo Yong Lee ​3.17.17

On Saturday, March 18th 2017, the Rogers High School JROTC Cadets will have the honour of hosting the Northwest Regionals Drill and Rifle Championship. Competing against 27 different schools in 4 different regions, including all of Washington and the North-most portion of Oregon, our Rams will be competing in nearly every event throughout the day, including Armed Drill, Unarmed Drill, Armed Duals, Unarmed Duals, Individual Armed, Color Guard, Strength (Ram) Team, and Marksmanship Team. The competition starts at 0730, with the awards ceremony scheduled to start at 1700. This day will be dedicated to showing the skills that cadets have developed over the course of the year, but only those who had qualified through prior competitions at lower levels.

For months now, our Special Teams have been practicing in attempts to peak in time for Regionals. To achieve this, most teams practice early in the morning before school, with cadets being called as early as 0600. Other times, teams will practice after school. When the teams compete, showing the progress they had made throughout the year. Cadet Nick Bronson, a member of Unarmed and Armed Drill, describes the process as "strenuous but fulfilling," a sentiment that most every team member would agree with. Just recently, at the Prairie High School drill competition, both Armed and Unarmed Drill had placed second, showing the results of the hard work of cadets.

Rogers High School cadets have been working on Operation Homefront for the whole year, in planning, organizing, and carrying out the orders indicated. The four companies have already been assigned to four separate tasks; Alpha to parking lot and building security, Bravo to the welcome desk and escorting services, Charlie to acting as scribes for inspections, and Delta to holding doors open. Not only will every cadet in the program have the opportunity to help out in this once in a lifetime opportunity (schools host Regionals once every twenty seven years), but many will have the chance to compete.

We are thrilled to see how our cadets will perform this Saturday. To every cadet performing, we salute you and your hard work, and sincerely wish you good luck.



Sergeant Major Mulryan Visits Battalion Staff
C/CPL Julia Stephenson | Ed. C/2LT Soo Yong Lee |  ​2.15.17
Installation CSM Visit
In the Army, soldiers face many hardships. These hardships can be experienced in multiple forms and ways, but can be dealt with in a mature and orderly manner. In order to prepare Rogers High School JROTC cadets for their futures, whether in the military or not, Sergeant Major Mulryan agreed to come over to their class and talk with them, where he gave them life advice and briefed them on what to prepare for, such as the importance of teamwork, humility, and the unity that makes itself present when in uniform.

 As someone who can speak from experience, Sergeant Major Mulryan was confident in what he taught. When it comes to teaching important life skills about civilian or military life, he is the most qualified. In his younger years, he started started in the infantry, which later took him to Germany, which is how he learned his first lesson. “The Army changes everyday... Plans are never truly set” Stating this, he went on to explain. “At first I was supposed to be shipped to Afghanistan.” Telling the cadets this, he explains how the Army can be inconsistent in what it does. However, he emphasized that this was not a bad thing, and even mentioned that he went to go reenlist.

 Some of the best traits about his military career, he concluded, was the “broad spectrum of stuff to do.” A broad spectrum almost proves to be an understatement. In his career, he started as an Infantry Motorman to being the person to make direct decisions for 17 sanctions. It's a long way to go, and even he admits it’s a lot to handle. “I’m scared sometimes, but pleased as long as everyone is taken care of”.

In light of his audience, the JROTC cadet leadership, he highlighted the importance of leadership and teamwork. Sergeant Major Mulryan explained how striving to do it right is vital. “A leader should be of strong and honorable character” He stated, as he went to explain “If you do not carry good characteristics or values of your group, you’re not a good leader.” From what he taught, he assured that leadership skills are important for the sake of unity. He explained how if you're a leader, “[b]eing committed to your craft makes the environment so good.” In a job where teamwork is important, a good environment can strengthen the bond between team members. In the same way, Rogers’ cadet leadership learned a little more about the process, and the importance of being a team.




Rogers Cadets Perform Color Guard for Chick-Fil-A Grand Opening
C/CPL Julia Stephenson ​2.14.17

On February 9th, 2017, the Rogers High School’s JROTC color guard team proudly posted the American flag at the grand opening of the new Chick-Fil-A location that opened in Puyallup.  Despite the rain and dreadful weather, cadets Andrew Magliocca, Jacob Porter, Conor Neely, Jacob Burrow, and Logan Madsen performed the task effortlessly. When asked about the experience, cadet Conor Neely said, “Doing the color guard made me realize that even though it may not seem like too big a deal for us, getting out into the community actually does make an impact.” This event is just one example of how the JROTC program seeks to serve their community.


As a part of the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, Rogers’s JROTC seeks to represent both the Army Values and to exemplify the mission statement, to “motivate young people to become better citizens.” One of the most prominent ways in which our program seeks to do this is by encouraging the S in the Army Values - LDRSHIP - Selfless Service. From events promoting support for the low-income demographic such as our annual Service Learning Project at the Emergency Food Network to seemingly simple events such as the appearance made performing the color guard ceremony at Chick-Fil-A, cadets have been able to make a larger appearance in our community. To cadets, serving others in the community isn’t just a form of self-accomplishment, but one that manifests loyalty and respect to the community they live in.




Bravo Company Wins Annual Sports Competition
C/SFC Viviana Wachowicz | Ed. C/2LT Soo Yong Lee | ​10.28.16

Sports Competition

On the cold Saturday morning of October 22nd, cadets from the Rogers Ram Battalion lined up for the annual Sports Competition. Each company had a number of cadets to not only come and support the Battalion, but more so, have fun with one another. Throughout the day, companies played games such as Flag Football, Ultimate Frisbee, Capture the Ball, and the favorite: Tug of War. The air was nearly palpable with a thick intensity as kids showed their Company pride and their ability to win. The winning Company is promised a celebration, while the losing Company Commander will have to accept a punishment from the other Commanders.

Immediately after all the fun and games, Sergeant Sydney held a barbecue for the cadets, and served them a well-deserved lunch of hamburgers and hot dogs. Every cadet was exhausted from the day's events, but every one of them had had fun, even those companies that did not win. Luckily for Jacob Burrow, the Bravo Company Commander, his cadets had prevailed in the Competition. He came in during class the following week to share a snack of donuts with his company.

However, the day was not over after lunch. The Battalion Social, in the form of a lock-in, was a chance for every cadet of the Battalion to come together for a night at the school. For a place that most high schoolers try to escape, the lock-in gave cadets more memories within the school's halls. The night began with Cadets Richard Galang and Ethan Suazo briefing cadets about the rules, as well as conducting a mass game of Two Truths and a Lie. From there, the flexible schedule allowed for cadets to do spend time with each other: there was a table full of food that cadets milled about all night, as well as a showing of The Emperor's New Groove. However, more than just a social bonding, the overnight stay gave some of the special teams an opportunity to hold, for an hour each, an intensive practice session in the gym. From Unarmed to Armed to Color Guard, every team member was able to spend more time with not only their team and their friends, but able to meet new people from other companies. And of course, not every participant was in the gym practicing with their team, though many were.




The Cispus Experience
C/MSG Soo Yong Lee 
| 8.27.16
















 

They arrived August 22nd, 0800. They got off the buses, stowing their bags in the barracks as soon as they arrived, and forming up into their companies for day's challenge courses. The battalions, separated into their assigned companies, either went to the High Ropes Course - which included a tightrope between two trees, a Giant's Ladder, and most excitingly, a zip line - or the Low Ropes Course - which, instead of a challenge with heights, tested the communication and teamwork of the students. For many of the Cispus participants, this was one of the most memorable portions that the week included. A returning cadet said that her favorite part of Cispus was "the high ropes course and being able to socialize with [our rivals]."

Luckily for our cadre, however, there were no harsh feelings on either side of town, as the JROTC (Junior Training Officer’s Training Corps) programs from Graham-Kapowsin High School and Governor John R. Rogers High School were brought together at the Cispus Learning Center in Randle, Washington late in the summer. In fact, the schools spent the whole week bonding and challenging each other right before the start of the new school year. Every cadet who came receive a crash course in basic leadership skills, as well an opportunity to make new friends and bond with the cadet staff, who used the time to map out the coming school year.

Cispus Learning Center serves more than 16,000 students and adults per year and is the 
premiere outdoor education center in Western Washington. The facility opened up in 1981 as a non-profit organization with a mission to furnish functional, aesthetically sound facilities and curricular resources for supporting outdoor education and leadership training to young adults such as the JROTC cadets who used the facility and its amenities to begin with their training.
The two programs worked together to give a better understanding of what the other did, and to better their cadets as citizens, as the motto of JROTC states: "The mission of JROTC is to motivate young people to become better citizens." Both battalions delivered information to prepare the students, many of whom would have their first year in high school. For the older cadets, this was an opportunity to exercise leadership abilities, as the non-LET I's were entrusted with guiding the positive growth of new cadets throughout the week. For Rogers cadets, these students were able to sit in brief classes and discussions, including introductions to drill competitions, the new promotion system adopted this year, and a 'basics of leadership' seminar. There were also opportunities for cadets to learn more about the cadet staff, Cadet Handbook, and the Army Values; LDRSHIP, standing for Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage, is a core area of the JROTC curricula, and the newer students were able to gain a head start to the year.

A couple days later, both Battalions gathered to sit in on a few special guest presentations. One, by the Graham-Kapowsin Principal, spoke to all the cadets about our effect on the community, and what the true impact of being JROTC cadets held. Former Graham-Kapowsin Jessica Domingo spoke about her own time in JROTC, and how it had affected her future. Currently enrolled in ROTC, Ms. Domingo gave insight to the high schoolers about what JROTC experiences can do for someone. The final presenters, recruiters for both schools, finished the couple hours with energy. They gave our prizes to those brave enough to speak in front of their peers and regaled the cadets with jokes and stories of the past. From there, cadets excitedly changed into clothes fit for the hot sun and the annual Sports Competition. With sports including basketball, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, and flag football, every cadet was working hard to represent their school. However, with the end of the day came the most popular sport: tug-of-war. Though everyone was tired after the day's events, cadets felt closer to each other as they ate a barbecue dinner prepared by our cadre.

As much fun as the cadets had, the main focus of the Cispus experience were the lessons taught by instructors and fellow cadets. "I think I've grown as a leader because of how motivated I was to do my job, and act in my role." Stand-in First Sergeant Seth Tecsi said. Though most of the program dealt with leadership in the class, cadet leadership sought to instill lessons that cadets would be able to take into real life as well. New cadet Zach Hillin says that "being loyal is a very important part of everyday life." When asked what their favorite parts of leadership camp were, many cadets indicated the high ropes course, or being able to mingle with their peers during free time. However, some cadets saw something else. Cadet Ammil Fajardo explained how Cispus helped him grow to communicate more easily, but also "[d]oing all the team activities and ... pretty much everything." By coming to this camp, every cadet had a head start to the year, and we hope to see them continue to grow.