Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Klein Collins Drill Team to Inauguration

North Houston area Klein Collins High School's Junior ROTC drill team is on its way to partake in the Inaugural Parade in Washington D.C. on January 20th. They were in the top only 7% of applicants from all over the nation to be accepted for the high honor.

From The Houston Chronicle:
“We were very fortunate to be one of two groups selected for our state,” said retired Col. Daniel Crum, senior aerospace science instructor for Klein Collin’s Jr. ROTC program.

The team, which is part of the school’s Junior ROTC program, will be sending 36 students to the parade.

“It’s a privilege, and I also look at it as a responsibility,” Crum said. “We’re privileged to have some of America’s finest young men and women right here. It’s a responsibility because they represent what a lot of people don’t think we have: a bright future.”
What an historic and tremendous opportunity for the 36 kids who will attend. All of Houston should be proud.
For five consecutive years, the Flying Tigers have been named best Air Force Unit in the American Legion-Coca Cola National championship drill meet in Montgomery, Ala.

The team also has been a winner at the Air Force Academy’s National Invitation Drill Meet, which draws both high school and college drill teams.

Most recently, the team won its second Armed Sweepstakes Award in three years, and the Unarmed Sweepstakes Award at the event.

Crum attributes much of the team’s success to retired Master Sgt. Ray Watson, the drill team instructor. “He puts his whole heart and soul into it,” Crum said. “He’s out there with the kids every step of the way.”
Sounds like Klein Collins ROTC is accustomed to success and very high praise. Still, I think this takes the cake.

As an Alumnus of the Klein School District myself, congratulations team!