ROTC mans first Harvest Festival booth


Valentina Medina

The top two ROTC cadets standing in their first booth at the Harvest Festival on Oct. 28, 2021.

By: Valentina Medina
Bark! Voice of the Bulldogs
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Centennial’s ROTC program took part in the Harvest Festival by creating their first-ever booth. On Oct. 28th, Centennial held an incredible Halloween-themed festival that was open to all the schools in the area, including elementary schools. Many families showed up and enjoyed walking around, looking at/taking part in the fun games and activities.
“It was fun. The first hour was exciting and a fun kind of messy, but when I started smelling like expired milk, I threw up in my mouth a little bit. I just wanted to go home and shower,” senior, Salome Medina said.
The ROTC booth consisted of two life-sized cadets painted on a wooden board with ovals cut out for the heads and a table beside it for the pies, cookies, and tons of other sweets. Anyone who paid nine tickets was allowed to pierce the top two ROTC cadets or Commander Pokropski in the face.
“At the very beginning, we ran out of whip cream within the first 30 minutes, so we asked a parent to go get some more. In the meantime, we resorted to actual pie, and I peed the commander in the face with an actual pie. He said it was really chunky, and there was definitely some impact with that throw,” Medina said.
Bringing an ROTC aspect into the booth, people had the opportunity to do a certain amount of push-ups instead of paying nine tickets.
“I challenged some people to see if they could beat me in push-ups to pie me in the face, but nobody was successful,” Medina said.
Two junior leaders in ROTC collaborated to create the first-ever booth for ROTC. They thought it was important to represent ROTC in a fun and festive way at the Harvest Festival.
Starting a month ago, ten to fifteen ROTC cadets would stay after teams practice for about 30 minutes to an hour working on the booth. As a result, all of that time and effort was a success and brought in a lot of money for both the ROTC program and Centennial.