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WIU's ROTC 2008 Champion Color Guard (ID at end of release)

WIU ROTC Color Guard Places First in Competition

April 14, 2008

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MACOMB, IL - - Western Illinois University's ROTC Color Guard recently placed first in the Pershing Rifles Invitational Drill competition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, giving the Bulldog Battalion back-to-back top honors (2007, 2008).

The eight-member Color Guard, coached by Master Sgt. Levi Carcamo, practices 90-minutes once a week throughout the school year to be prepared to present the colors at home football and basketball games, as well as other official University events. Since February, when the cadets had registered for the competition, they had been holding three practice sessions per week.

The competition included individual inspections and basic drill moves as prescribed by Marine Corps Drill and Ceremony Manual.

Senior interdisciplinary studies major Laura Tabrosky (Palatine, IL) commanded Western's Color Guard, which is comprised of the following cadets, listed by hometown:

CROMWELL, CT (06416) - Megan Breen, a sophomore finance major and military science minor

CYPRESS, TX (77429) - Steve Berry, a junior computer science major and military science minor

LANARK, IL (61046) - Daniel Davis, a senior Board of Trustees Bachelor of Arts major with minors in military science and sociology

LIBERTYVILLE, IL (60048) - James Nardelli, a senior business major with minors in military science and supply chain management

LONDON MILLS, IL (61544) - Jessica Donnelly, a freshman social work major

MOUNT MORRIS, IL (61054) - Kelly Ward, a sophomore law enforcement and justice administration (LEJA) major and military science minor

PARK FOREST, IL (60466) - Jessica Harris, a freshman law enforcement and justice administration (LEJA) major and military science minor

Kneeling (L-R) James Nardelli, Laura Tabrosky and Daniel Davis; Standing (L-R) Jessica Donnelly, Jessica Harris, Kelly Ward, Megan Breen and Steve Berry

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Office of University Relations