View Full Version : Marine Corps ROTC builds teen character

10-07-02, 08:40 AM
RI ALTO - Sgt. Maj. Samuel Walls' large, muscular frame dominates the front of the room where he is taking roll call of his troops.

"Owens,' he barks. "Here, sir!,' Owens barks back.


"Here, sir!'


"Here, sir!"

And so it went, each of the two dozen new recruits taking his or her seat after a snappy military-style reply.

It's unlikely that attendance is taken in other classes at Eisenhower High School quite like it is in Wall's classroom.

That's because Wall and his commanding officer, Col. Gerald Polyascko, teach military science in the school's Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program.