Battle Ground, Prairie High School gear up for a new year with ROTC

The award-winning Prairie and Battle Ground High SchoolsAir Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs are gearing up for another big year. ROTC is under the Battle Ground Public Schools’ Career and Technical Education program.

The Battle Ground High JROTC program, instructed by Col. Brian Brown and Chief Master Sgt. Chuck Shannon, conducted a three-week leadership camp in July attended by about 45 incoming and returning students. Shannon said 158 are expected in ROTC classes when school begins Sept. 5. When the 2011-12 school year ended, 120 were in JROTC classes at Battle Ground High.

 At Prairie High, 123 new and returning students are expected, reported Master Sgt. Randy Martin. He and Col. David Reinholz instruct the Prairie High program. Martin said 113 cadets were in the Prairie High program at the end of last school year.

 Both schools’ programs are coming off award-winning years with strong showings at regional and national competitions and inspections. More information about these honors is available at www.battlegroundps.org, located by clicking on the “News” tab, and then clicking on the “Press Releases” option.