On March 21, Kaiserslautern High School held a grand opening ceremony for its brand new sports field.
This event was important to the entire KMC. The ceremony was opened by the KHS Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Color Guard who posted the colors.
Along with posting the colors, cadets from the Kitty Hawk Air Society and the Awareness Presentation Team escorted special guests to their seats. There were many distinguished visitors and guests who attend this event, including Col. Mike Monson, 86th Support Group commander; Lt. Col. Lars Zetterstrom, U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern commander; Dr. Dell McMullen, the Kaiserslautern district superintendent; and many more.
KHS principal Dr. Barrett Smith, who graduated from KHS, gave a few inspiring words at the ceremony, as did Zetterstrom and Monson.
Monson was given the honor of throwing the first pass on the field as part of the opening ceremony. After a few words from student Michael Lawson, he led his team around the track for the first time with a torch resembling the one in the Olympics. The sports teams, football, track, cheerleading, and soccer, made their very first appearance on the new field.
At the end of the ceremony, Smith, along with other guests, cut the ribbon to officially open the field.
Although this was a special event for the school, it was a big deal for the corps as well. We love getting the chance to help the school and community whenever we are needed and it gives us a chance to get involved. All of the cadets who attended and helped with the event made sure it went smoothly and according to plan. Congratulations to KHS and also to the JROTC cadets. Way to go!
(by 1st Lt. Alexis Greene)