Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

October 27, 2013

Zombie Bowl provides fun and networking for JROTC cadets

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

GREEN VALLEY — The Zombies came out Saturday morning as 38 cadets, students and friends of the Mercer County JROTC program dressed up in ghoulish attire to participate in the fourth Mercer County JROTC Zombie Bowl.

Nick Blevins, 13, an eighth grade student at Montcalm Middle School was a believable Zombie with a false face covering his left eye and red makeup covering the rest of his face.

“It took me about 30 minutes to get ready for this,” Blevins said. “This is the first time I’ve been bowling.”

“This is the 18th time that we have hosted a bowling event for the JROTC cadets, students and friends,” Sgt. First Class Paul Dorsey of the Montcalm High School JROTC program said. “We do an event twice a year. We do a green event in March and we have been calling the fall event our Zombie Bowl for the past 4 years.

“To me, it’s about providing a fun activity for the cadets,” Dorsey said. “Teachers are supposed to teach students how to have fun, aren’t they?”

Dorsey had fun announcing the prizes at several drawings during the event. The billion dollar and later trillion dollar prize for rolling a strike resulted in far more modest prizes. The costume prize was a DVD of the movie, “”Major Payne,” with second place being a DVD of “World War Z,’ and third place was the James Bond movie, “Sky Fall.”

“The cadets get an opportunity to visit with cadets from all four high schools in the county,” Major Robert Grace of the Princeton Senior High School JROTC program said. “In addition to the bowling outings in the spring and fall, we have our Military Ball in the spring, a Raider Adventure training experience and camping.”

Guy Kupner, 17, a PSHS senior who serves as cadet battalion commander said that the Zombie Bowl as well as all of the other events, gives the cadets a chance to network with their counterparts at the other schools. “It helps us bond,” he said.

Kupner has already enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on the delayed enlistment program and is scheduled to enter the service on June 16, 2014. “I’m excited for boot camp,” he said.

First Lt. Jerry Dickerson Jr., 16, supply officer of the Montcalm High School JROTC program also said that he likes the networking opportunity that the Zombie Bowl provides. “I like hanging out with kids from the other schools,” he said. Dickerson was dressed in the uniform of a Zombie hunter. “I’ve only caught one so far,” he said.

K.C. Tickle, 14, a ninth grade student at MHS won a billion dollar prize by knocking down nine pins. “This is probably the most fun I’ve had this year,” Tickle said after claiming his prize.

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