New cadets welcomed to Corps

Published 10:53 pm Monday, August 29, 2011

Marion Military Institute president, Col. David J. Mollahan, USMC (Ret.), salutes the colors during the school’s Cresting Parade held Friday in Marion. The event officially welcomes the new cadets into the school’s Cadet Corps.

MARION — The Marion Military Institute officially welcomed the semester’s newest recruits into its ranks.

The Marion Military Institute Corps of Cadets inducted 280 new cadets during the Fall Cresting Ceremony and Parade Friday.

The Cresting Parade marked the completion of the Intensive Training Cycle (ITC) for new cadets.

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The new cadets are happy to be a part of the family.

“I am very excited to join the Corps,” said cadet James Porzillo, of Houston, Texas. “ITC was pretty difficult, but taught me that if you stay disciplined and motivated, you can push through. I like it here and really enjoyed the people. My classes are challenging but I’m getting used to the routine.”

In a ceremony immediately following the parade, new cadets were given their first official crest, which will be worn on their garrison cap, signifying their initiation as a cadet into the Corps.

MMI President, Col. David J. Mollahan, USMC (Ret.), congratulated the new cadets as family members, guests, faculty and staff looked on.