Press release by Culpeper County Schools:
On Saturday, January 17th Culpeper Marine Corps JROTC students participated in a competition held at Eastern View High School. Culpeper received 2 trophies and 2 individual awards; Culpeper High received second place in platoon armed drill, and third place overall out of eighteen competing high schools. Individual standouts were Thomas Armel and Michael Rammel who received an individual award for making the final ten out of close to 500 Marine and Navy JROTC cadets in the knockout competition. Knockout competition is a practical application test of a MCJROTC student’s knowledge of drill and ceremony.
The Unit leaders were:
Doug Grover, 16, and Caleb Keaton, 17, of Amissville VA, Marshal O’Bannon, 17, of Jeffersonton, Jared Arnold, 12, and T.J. Sooksanguan,13, of Culpeper VA made their parents proud this autumn at the Jeffersonton Community Center in Jeffersonton, by winning prizes of different rounds of the Jefferson (VA) Ruritan Club’s Friday Nights Turkey Shoot.
Forty percent of the competitors at the November 1st competition were youths under the age of 18. The youths competed with adults, and they won a variety of first, second and third prizes during the good natured competitions.
Five food rounds are held at every event, with first, second, and third prizes awarded for each round. Food prizes awarded throughout the event typically include: turkey, bacon, pork loin, shrimp, chicken, roasts, hams, and steaks.
Door prizes awarded October 25th event included: a $25 Gift Card provided by Tippy’s Tacos of Warrenton, a $5 Gift Card provided by Moo Thru of Remington, a free breakfast at the next Jefferson Ruritan Club Breakfast Buffet, and $25 cash from the Jefferson Ruritan Club.
Door prizes awarded November 1st included: a $50 Gift card provided by White Horse Car Wash of Warrenton VA, an Ugly Stik Fishing Rod provided by Clark Brother’s Gun Shop of Warrenton, a free breakfast at the next Jefferson Ruritan Club Breakfast Buffet, $25 cash from the Jefferson Ruritan Club, and a Camoflauge set consisting of a thermos and hand made duct tape wallet provided by 2 Market 2 Market Your Dot Com of Jeffersonton. Included inside the duct tape wallet was a “Buy One Get One” coupon provided by Mountain Run Bowling Center of Culpeper.
Two “Jackpot” cash rounds are held at every event, with the winner taking 60% of the ticket sales for the round.
As always, the concession stand volunteers kept the participants, volunteer staff, and drop-in diners well fed.
Raffle tickets are still being sold for the 2013 Turkey Shoot Raffle prize, which is a collection of three items: a Flextone Buck Commander Rut Hunter Deer Call and a pair of Nikon Aculon A30 10 x 25 binoculars provided by the Jefferson Ruritan Club, and a Blackhawk Specops Stock Gen ii recoil suppression system provided by Warrenton Arms and Outdoors of Warrenton. Raffle tickets are $2 each, and can be purchased at any of the Turkey Shoots, or by contacting the Ruritan Club at firstname.lastname@example.org. The winner of the raffle will be drawn December 20 during that evening’s Turkey Shoot event.
The Turkey Shoots, held at the Jeffersonton Community Center in Jeffersonton VA, are scheduled to be held every Friday night through December 20th, weather permitting. Target sales begin at 7pm, and the events end at 10pm. A “rain-date make-up” night of January 3, 2014 has been scheduled to accommodate the rained-out date of October 11th.
About the Turkey Shoots:
The Jefferson Ruritan Club has held Turkey Shoots as one of their primary fund-raising events since 1986. Club members volunteer their time to staff the family-friendly Turkey Shoots. Profits from the Turkey Shoots support local charities and the Jeffersonton Community Center.
The Turkey Shoots target sales begin at 7pm, and run until the last prize is awarded. Steel shot is used, and provided by the club. Targets for food rounds cost $3 for one target, $6 for two targets, $8 for three targets, Jackpot (money) round targets cost $5 per target. Some nights run later than others, but the events are usually over by 10pm. The concession stand closes at 9:30pm.
Community Service Organization Jefferson (VA) Ruritan hosted Colleen and Jeremy Vesperman, of Angelic Robotics, and the Robo Hamsters Club of Culpeper as their featured speakers and presenters at their October 15, 2013 general membership meeting at the Jeffersonton Community Center in Jeffersonton VA.
The Ruritans learned how the Robo Hamsters Club consists of students in grades K-12, is affiliated with the FIRST organization (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,) and was formed only two years ago.
The purpose, goals and achievements of the Robo Hamsters were explained during the course of the presentation. Jeremy explained that one of the valuable lessons taught to the students participating in the FIRST program is “Gracious Professionalism – to work together even if you are competing against them.”
Jeremy informed the Ruritans that the Robo Hamsters participate in competitions with other Robotics clubs. One of the competitions this past April held in St. Louis, MO, during the World’s Competition included Robots built by different clubs playing team games involving offense and defense, with scoring accomplished by tossing a Frisbee through a goal.
“Paige,” the wireless remote-controlled robot, built by the Robo Hamsters, delighted the Ruritan club members by moving forwards, backwards, spinning, and demonstrating the movements that enable it to toss Frisbees and climb a pyramid made from pipes during different competitions.
Surprised to learn that the budget for the Paige robot was $17,000, the Ruritans quickly understood why the Robo Hamsters Club is actively looking for donations and sponsors. Money raised helps fund their pursuit of continuing to provide the opportunities for students in the Culpeper area to participate in the FIRST mission: “to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.”
Sponsors of the Robo Hamsters are rewarded with logo stickers on the robots, their names on T-shirts worn by team members, and banners that are displayed at the competitions.
About the Robo Hamsters Club:
Colleen Vesperman is the spokesperson for The Robo Hamsters Club. The club is Culpeper Virginia’s FIRST robotics team. The Robo Hamsters club, based in Culpeper, has four different divisions covering ages 6-18. The Club participates in robotics competitions around the state and in St. Louis, Missouri if they earn their way into the World’s Competition (held in April.)
The Robo Hamsters Club is affiliated with the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) organization.
More information about the Robo Hamsters Club can be found at http://angelicrobotics.org/
FIRST, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity, was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.
The FIRST mission is to: “is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.”
More information about FIRST can be found at http://www.usfirst.org/.
About Jefferson Ruritans:
The Jefferson Ruritan Club (Jeffersonton, VA) was chartered in 1947 and is part of Ruritan National’s Rapidan District. More information about the Jefferson Ruritan Club can be found at http://jeffersonruritans.com.
Ruritan is a civic service organization made up of local clubs in urban areas, small towns and rural communities. Ruritan National has nearly 30,000 members throughout the United States. Club membership represents a cross-section of the community in which the club serves, and is not restrictive with regard to occupation, social position, or any other specific criteria.
The first Ruritan Club was chartered May 21, 1928, in Holland, Virginia. Since that first club, Ruritan has grown throughout the United States of America, and in doing so, has become “America’s Leading Community Service Organization.”
Ruritan’s purpose is to create a better understanding among people and through volunteer community service, make America’s communities better places in which to live and work.
The slogan of Ruritan is “Fellowship, Goodwill and Community Service.”
More information about the Ruritan National can be found at http://ruritan.org