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I CAPE GAZETYE, Tuesday, Jan. 4 - Jan. 6, 2005 - 15 SCHOOL & EDUCATION Cape JROTC partners with HOSTS at Shields Members of the Cape Henlopen High School Junior Army ROTC have formed a partnership with the HOSTS (Help One Student to Succeed) program at Shields Elementary School in Lewes. A dozen members of the ROTC program are volunteering as men- tors as a part of their community service requirement. According to Lt. Col. Ron Erale, Senior Army Instructor at the high school, the student men- tors, who are all part of the ROTC honor guard, have met certain cri- teria. They earned the position through their academic and ROTC performance. The ROTC students are joining with other mentors who make upa corps of more than 40 volunteers who mentor students at Shields four days a week. The students being mentored receive assistance in language arts. "It's been a positive experience for the students in HOSTS and the high school students as well," said Kathleen O'Hanlon. "The'Shields students look-up to the high school students as role models." Even with the addition of the ROTC students as mentors, there is still a need for more volunteers, according to O'Hanlon. "The more mentors we have," the more students we can reach," she said. For more information about the HOSTS program, call O'Hanlion at 645-7748 during the school day. Submitted photo JROTC mentors Danielle DellaCamera, left, and Thao Ho work with HOSTS student Meggin Hobbs during a recent session at Shields Elementary School. Local students to attend inauguration program Jan. 15-21 Kelly Carlson and Katherine Targett, both of Lewes, will attend the Presidential Classroom's (PC) Presidential Inauguration Program Jan. 15-21 i n Washington D.C. Participants in the program will participate in the 55th inauguration of the President of the United States. The program focuses on the presidency and involves post-electi0n analysis and a mock presidential election. Additional pro- gram highlights include participation in preinaugural events, such as the Inaugural Parade, PC Student Inaugural Ball and attendance at the President's oath of office. During the week-long event, PC scholars have the opportunity to interact with Washington insiders, including members of Congress, presidential appointees, senior military officials and top business leaders and journalists. Participants, who are put into caucus groups, will write letters to the next president within their groups about what issues they believe he should address and what tasks he should accomplish dur- ing his second term. "Our students meet and question the peo- ple who make and shape our nation's poli- cies," said former Congressman Jack Buechner, CEO and president of PC. "No other program melds leadership, academics and current events in such an appealing combination. Our students return home with a new perspective on politics and the world." For more information about the PC pro- gram, visit Submitted photo DARE honors essay contest winners at Shields Elementary DARE essay winners at Shields Elementary School were honored Dec. 7. Shown (I-r) are Erin Ricker, Blake Moore, Tavish Papp, McKinnon DeKuyper, Celab Lemaire. The police offi- cer is Cpl. Matt Mott Zolper. Submitted photo SkilIsUSA-VICA executive director Tim Lawrence, left, took a moment at the National Leadership and Skills Conference to chat with Delaware state champion Jim Pedicone. Delaware Tech automotive student places 7th in nation James A. Pedicone, a graduate SkillsUSA-VICA competition of Del Tech Owens Campus, won seventh place in the Automotive Service - Postsecondary category at the SkillsUSA-VICA National Leadership and Skills Conference held in late June in Kansas City, Mo. While a student at the Owens Campus, Pedicone earned an associate degree in Automotive Technology and passed a national certification test to become an Automotive Service Excellence Master Certified technician. He finished first in the statewide held this spring and was selected as the outstanding student in his technology prior to his graduation in May. Pedicone worked at the C.E Diver auto dealership in Lewes while earning his degree and recently relocated to Wisconsin. SkillsUSA-VICA is a national, organization serving more than 250,000 high school and college students and instructors involved in training programs for technical, skilled, and service occupations.