Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Rickey L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Water distribution plans for Ripley move forward Historic Trapp and Wilson building sold RULH graduate wins HFR Scholarship Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann RULH selects Wilkins as new superintendent Corps of Engineer to study erosion issue in Ripley More funds available through Revolving Loans Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Historic home in Ripley is sold following renovations Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Students speak out in support of Skinner Ripley Council to pay half the cost for Air Evac services John McGee Timmy Burson Patricia A London Mary J Hall Kenneth R Behymer Western Brown’s Joe Sams commits to Marietta College WBHS to hold girls youth basketball camp Day to continue baseball career on collegiate level at UC Clermont Western’s Pack signs with NKU WBHS to host youth boys basketball camp Eastern’s Rigdon, Hopkins are STATE BOUND James Ratliff Robert P Lesko Air Evac Lifeteam requests contract with Ripley Council and life squad Odyssey Canvas Works, Inc. is back home working in new building Ripley’s Memorial Day Ceremony, Monday, May 29 Local athletes advance to track and field regionals SBAAC awards baseball, softball, boys track and field First Team all-stars SHAC awards baseball all-stars Lady Broncos finish as SW District Div. II runner-up Lady Warriors cap off season as SE District Div. III runner-up

Ripley’s JROTC program is ‘School of Distinction’

jrotc-ripleyBy Martha Jacob –

In early October, Ripley-Union-Lewis-Huntington High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC was notified of its selection as a “Regional School of Distinction,” for Region 3 schools with Marine Corps Junior ROTC programs.
“Annually, schools with MCJROTC programs compete for “Naval Honor School” designation,” said Colonel James Clark, instructor for the RULH JROTC, “This is the highest distinction. Only five schools in the Region 3 received ‘School of Distinction’ status.”
At the Oct. 19 RULH Board of Education meeting, Colonel Clark  and Sgt. Major Otis Kokensparger presented to high school principal, Susie Skinner.
“Region 3 is made up of about 14 states and 50 schools,” Col. Clark told the board. “Every year we have to submit report after report after report, so this year, we did our reports on our students, our cadets community service, their academic achievements, athletic achievements and just a whole battery of measurable criteria that Jr. ROTC Units are graded on.”
He continued, “We were going for Naval Honors School, but they only give out 10 of those, throughout the United States. So, we got the Siver Prize, and we’re just thrilled that we had such a great year last year, and Sgt. Major Kokensparger and I wanted to publically acknowledge Ms. Skinner for all of her support as well as Superintendent Naylor and the board.”
Col Clark said that last year his cadets made a bit of a shift in the way the program operates. He said  the group is embracing the concept  of ‘balanced excellence.’
“We don’t want all these kids to be able to do 50 push-ups and run five miles in 20 minutes or that kind of thing,” Col. Clark said, “Of course we want them to be physically fit, but we also want them to become good citizens and know the value of serving their community and getting good grades. I think that this recognition that we’re getting from the Marine Corps sort of indicates that we’re onto something.”
Skinner was presented with an award for all her support and encouragement.

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