MARYSVILLE — The Marysville-Pilchuck Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps on Tuesday paraded into the high school’s packed gymnasium.
The 131 member Tomahawk Company marched in and showed a crowd of friends and family who attended the Evening Parade what they had learned and practiced since the beginning of the school year.
At the end of the annual ceremony, naval science instructor and Master Chief Petty Officer Edward Dawson was proud of the job the cadets had done.
“They did outstanding,” Dawson said. “They’ve never really marched together as a unit until today. They’ve proven that they can come together as a team.”
Dawson, who has been part of the NJROTC program since it began at the school 17 years ago, called the event a “time honored military ceremony” that is a school tradition.
Students from multiple high schools in the Marysville School District are part of the program.
The day started with a personnel inspection by retired Capt. Daniel Wenceslao, commander of the NJROTC’s Area 13. A total of 120 members of the company participated in the morning inspection, Dawson said.
Of those who participated, 27 students received an outstanding rating of 10 out of 10.
Kathy McLain has had two of her children take part in the Marysville-Pilchuck Naval Junior ROTC. She attended this year’s Evening Parade to see a friend of her family, Jaimey Kelly, in her first pass-in-review ceremony.
“This is the best leadership program that any school can offer,” McLain said. “They did a great job.”
Jaimey, 15, said being a part of the Tomahawk Company is giving her a sense of what being in the military is like. “I love this class,” she said. “I’m interested in joining the military in the future.”
Cadet Lt. Cmdr. Terryll Daguison said he would like to attend the United States Naval Academy after graduation. He accepted a Bravo Zulu Award from Wencesalo during the evening parade for an outstanding unit inspection.
The ceremony went well, said Terryll, 17.
“It was really nerve-wracking … but we got through it all,” he said. “I’m really proud.”
Amy Daybert: 425-339-3491; firstname.lastname@example.org.