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Dec. 5, 2005
Contact: Lt. Col. Sandra Leiker, Air Force ROTC, (785) 864-4676.

KU ROTC students participate in Veterans Day commemmorative vigil

LAWRENCE -- Members of Army, Navy and Marine ROTC units at the University of Kansas participated in a Nov. 11 Veterans Day candlelight vigil at the campus Korean and Vietnam war memorials on Memorial Drive.

KU's Arnold Air Society, Ennis C. Whitehead Squadron, Air Force ROTC, led the ceremonies with a flag retreat.

Veterans Day commemorative events at KU included a program that featured as speakers a father/son Marine duo who had served together in Iraq. U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Christopher Phelps of Shawnee served a seven-month tour this year with his father, Master Gunnery Sgt. Kendall Phelps of Silver Lake, helping Iraqis rebuild infrastructure in their country. Maj. Phelps is a master's degree student at KU in international affairs with emphasis in Middle Eastern studies. He received a bachelor's in literature in 1993.

Student participants in the vigil and commemorative events, their hometowns, major, level in school, parents' names, high schools attended, ROTC affiliation and/or role in the ceremony are:

From Atchison
Cadet Edgardo Cardona, sophomore in atmospheric science, son of Edgardo and Corinne Cardona; Atchison High School; Air Force ROTC; color guard.

From Columbus
Cadet Dusty Johnson, sophomore in political science, son of Eddie and Shelly Johnson; Columbus Unified High School; Air Force ROTC; invocation and benediction.

From Lawrence
Cadet Justin Davis, senior in aerospace engineering, son of Woody and Maria Davis; Lawrence High School; Air Force ROTC; POW/MIA table.

From Overland Park
Cadet Spencer Anderson, freshman in atmospheric science, son of Bradley and Valerie Anderson; Shawnee Mission East High School; Air Force ROTC; color guard.

From Shawnee
Midshipman Bernice Ballayan, freshman in chemistry and microbiology, daughter of Susan E. Ballayan; Shawnee Mission West High School; Marine ROTC; POW/MIA table.

Midshipman Richard Phillips, sophomore in electrical engineering, son of Patty Phillips; Humboldt High School, Humboldt, Iowa; Naval ROTC; POW/MIA table.

From McPherson and San Antonio, Texas
Deandrea Herron, senior in theatre and voice, daughter of Beatrice Herron, San Antonio, Texas; James Madison High School, Dallas, Texas; vocalist for national anthem.

From Caney
Cadet Jesse Hall, junior in computer science, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Hall; Caney Valley High School; Army ROTC; color guard.

From Derby
Cadet Ryan Stanfill, junior in communication studies, son of Kenneth Stanfill; Altus High School, Altus, Okla.; Air Force ROTC; color guard.

From Goodland
Cadet Joshua Topliff, junior in mechanical engineering, son of John and Carol Topliff; Goodland High School; Air Force ROTC; program coordinator.

From New Orleans
Cadet Arturo Febry, junior in athletic training, son of Ricardo and Helen Febry; Metairie Park Country Day School, Metaire, La.; Air Force ROTC; color guard.

From Lexington Park
Midshipman Josh Thomas, freshman in political science, son of Steven Thomas; Great Mills High School, Great Mills, Md.; Marine ROTC; color guard.

From Blue Springs
Cadet Laura Bourdlais, freshman in psychology, daughter of James Arthur Bourdlais; Blue Springs South High School; Air Force ROTC; POW/MIA table.

From St. Louis
Cadet Dan Flynn, sophomore in history, son of Kevin and Susan Flynn; Vianney High School, Kirkwood, Mo.; Army ROTC; POW/MIA table.

From Reno
Midshipman Julie Golbov, freshman in pre-nursing, daughter of Clemencia Golbov; Earl Wooster High School; Naval ROTC; color guard.

From San Antonio and McPherson, Kan.


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