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Hamilton JROTC Color Guard to present colors at presidential debate

The Alexander Hamilton High School Junior ROTC Color Guard will be center stage Thursday night at the presidential debate held at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The color guard was selected to present the nation’s colors by the debate sponsors, PBS NewsHour. The group has previously performed at large events including Milwaukee Bucks and Marquette University basketball games, but Thursday night millions of people around the country will see these students present the nation’s colors.
This group of students works hard, practicing before school begins at 7:30 a.m. three days a week. They are outstanding students and great ambassadors of Hamilton High School and Milwaukee Public Schools.
Members of MPS’ Hamilton High School JROTC Color Guard include Leonardo Anaya, Jeremey Jopek, Victor Samp, Maria Valdivia and Cain Villanueva. Retired US Army Col. Thomas Cogdall and retired US Army Master Sgt. Stephen Randall mentor these students.

Photo: Hamilton Junior ROTC Color Guard students rehearsing Thursday before presenting the colors at the presidential debate

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