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MARION CENTER: JROTC cadets clean up highway

by FALLON SCHOCH, Gazette Student News Reporter on November 02, 2012 10:45 AM

MARION CENTER -- On Oct. 16, 33 Air Force Junior ROTC students from Marion Center Area High School picked up 27 bags of trash as a part of their Adopt-A-Highway agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The cadets have kept three miles of Route 403 North clear of trash and garbage for 16 consecutive years through annual cleanups.

The students visited assisted living facilities in the area, including Crystal Waters and Rose Haven, on Oct. 25 in Halloween costumes to cheer up residents. Costumes ranged from Gene Simmons to Harry Potter to twins, and the residents and students both enjoyed themselves immensely. The cadets plan to go back to the facilities on Dec. 17 for Christmas caroling.

First-year cadets received orientation flights at Jimmy Stewart on Oct. 27. The hourlong flights are a favorite with many of the ROTC members, whether they went three years before or just had the opportunity to go this year. Cadets are able to fly a plane under the supervision of Maj. Henderson from Ligonier Valley High School. The cadets are partnered up so they have 30 minutes to fly the plane and 30 minutes to see the sights. They are allowed to take off, fly and land the plane, with assistance when needed.

On Nov. 8, the corps of cadets will host their 18th annual Veterans Day assembly at 2 p.m. in Marion Center's high school gym. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. It is an important event for the veterans, the students and the community in general.

Marion Center's JROTC has started off the year with many activities in the school and community and plans to continue with more exciting and important undertakings.

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