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Sights set high for ROTC members

August 15, 2014
The Maui News
Baldwin High School Junior Army ROTC Drill Team members Sgt. Dominic Tabisula (from left), 16, Pvt. Taylor Harriman, 15, and Pvt. 1st Class Jordan Melendez, 16, practice their rifle- tossing and spinning moves Wednesday after school. Tabisula said that the drill team incorporates Hawaiian components in its philosophies and maneuvers, lessons learned from the Royal Hawaiian Guards. “We have a motto. It’s called Kulia Ika Nu‘u, strive for the highest,” Tabisula said, adding that their sights are set on Daytona, Fla., in the 2015-16 school year. “Our goal is to take top five in nationals.” Team coach Paulo Faleafine said the first step is competing in the West Point Society’s drill team meet on Oahu in January and the Pacific Regional meet in March. Faleafine said Baldwin’s ROTC program led by Lt. Col. Allen Patty and Sgt. 1st Class Herb Kahalekai has its largest class ever this year, with 231 students.
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo


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