West Bladen JROTC to host 100th birthday

Staff report

DUBLIN — Five high schools from the region and numerous individuals are expected to converge on West Bladen High this month for some friendly competition and to celebrate the 100th year of JROTC.

The event will be held Saturday, April 23, starting at 9:30 a.m.

“This will be the second time we’ve had something like this here,” said Col. Eli Ballard. “We celebrated the 99th year last year, but we’re hoping this one will be bigger and better.”

The day will feature a 5K run/walk, which is open to anyone wanting to compete. The cost is $24 to register and will include a commemorative T-shirt and goody bag. Ballard said all JROTC cadets will participate for free.

Also included in the day will be food, beverages, prize drawings, a birthday cake, free Zumba warm-up/class and a DJ with dance competition among the schools.

The event is being held across the nation and serves as a fundraiser for each local JROTC.

Those schools expected to participate include East Bladen High, St. Pauls High, Clinton High, Union High and host West Bladen High.

Applications to participate in the 5K run/walk can be obtained at West Bladen High or the Bladen Journal office.

For information, contact Col. Ballard at 910-862-3353 or 1SGT Gillespie at 910-862-3949.




Staff report

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