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Los Alamos High School NJROTC cadets participate in a color guard presentation, meet Gov. Richardson

By Kirsten Laskey

An international audience viewed the Los Alamos High School’s Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps’ skills Tuesday during the ninth annual Bi-national Policy Forum on Migration and Health at Buffalo Thunder.


Six cadets from the local NJRTOC participated in a color guard presentation and posted a few flags during the forum.

According to a proclamation, the forum mobilized efforts of the federal and state governmental agencies and community organizations in the U.S. and several Latin America countries to address improving the health of migrate populations.

Wes Schumaker, LCDR, said Penny Jimerson, a mother of Los Alamos High School student and an employee of the state suggested to the NJROTC that they participate in the forum.

In choosing those who would attend, “we wanted senior cadets who were pretty experienced in these kind of things,” he said.

Others volunteered.

The participating cadets were Commanding Officer Veronica Saeger, Executive Officer Megan McClure, Adjutant Paige Ramsey, Master of Arms Travis Brewer, 1st Lt. Eamon Wilson and first year cadet Kyle Partin.

One of the highlights for the cadets was being able to meet Gov. Bill Richardson before the forum began.

Schumaker said the governor thanked the NJROTC for coming and complimented the high school students for looking sharp.

“I think it’s a really great opportunity for students and cadets to interact with people who are pretty high up,” Schumaker said.

“It’s a great opportunity for them to be away from the high school and be a part of something pretty big,” he added

To be a part of this international event was exciting for the students, Schumaker said. “They were very excited and impressed to be able to be a part of something like this and we were able to meet the governor and shake his hand,” he said.