There are eight major events each school year designed to directly support the program objectives of loyalty, community, and military heritage. These are graded events, and every cadet is expected to participate.
Vancouver Veterans Day Parade. Another opportunity to show patriotism, drill (marching) skills, and community service. Cadets wear the uniform proudly to honor all those that serve in our military. Occurs in November.
Military Ball. The Military Ball is commonly referred to as the JROTC prom. This is a chance for all cadets to learn and practice appropriate behavior and dress for a formal social event. Social etiquette is reviewed in class prior to the event, and senior cadets mentor our first-years before and during the event. The ball is often combined with the Dining-Out. Usually scheduled in October.
Commander’s Call. This is a JROTC afterschool assembly that occurs each January. The event is an opportunity to announce semester awards and new cadet leadership positions. The meeting culminates in a short ceremony that passes the unit flag from the first semester student commander to the second semester commander.
Prairie High School Home Drill Meet. Each February, we host the division championship competition. Ten other high school JROTC units, representing each branch of the service, descend on Prairie High School. During the day, drill teams, strength teams, color guards, and air rifle teams compete for division placement. Our cadet corps runs the meet with teams for publications and information, security, team and judge hosts, setup and teardown, score room support, concessions support, and help with the award ceremony. This gives all cadets a chance to work side-by-side with fellow cadets and experience the atmosphere of competition.
Military Dining-Out. This formal uniformed event is designed to show cadets how ceremony and tradition play an important role in the life of an Air Force unit. This dining event provides experiences and training in traditional Air Force social function, offers an opportunity to create bonds of friendship in an atmosphere of fellowship and camaraderie, and cultivates a spirit of loyalty, pride and enthusiasm for the corps. The Dining-Out is typically combined with either the Military Ball in the fall or the Awards Night in the spring.
Awards Night. This evening event recognizes JROTC individual achievements across the corps. Besides peer award certificates, we also present earned ribbons and nationally recognized medals for outstanding performance and character. Occurs in May.
Superintendent Pass-in-Review. This long-standing military tradition originally began as a way for a newly assigned commander to inspect his troops. Each May we combine with the Battle Ground JROTC cadets to conduct this ceremony for the District School Board.
Hockinson Fun Days Parade. Our final event to celebrate community spirit and service. Occurs in May.
Community Projects. We exemplify ‘service before self’ with opportunities to serve our community. Activities are planned throughout the year and range from Walk for Diabetes workers, sponsoring a road cleanup, a fund raiser for Wounded Warrior Project, several parades, behind the scenes help at community charity events, and helping with the Vancouver Children’s Cultural Parade.