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The Lady in the Harbor

Many parts of New Jersey and New York were damaged by Hurricane Sandy in October, 2012. One lady stood tall, Lady Liberty. According to the National Park Service website, "The Statue's 126-year-old iron framework designed by Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel allowed for the Statue of Liberty to withstand the storm's intense winds. However, the Island's utilities, backup generator, and power systems were destroyed. The passenger and auxiliary docks were severely damaged and brick pathways were uprooted around the Island. Liberty Island, where the Statue is located was almost completely underwater." The Wall of Honor at nearby Ellis Island is open but the Ellis Island Immigration Museum is closed indefinitely due to damage sustained in the storm. Check out AccuWeather.com to see the damage done by Sandy.

National Park Service photo.

Statue Reopened July 4! Tickets Available Now. The National Park Service has just released tickets for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, for tours beginning July 4, and departing from Battery Park, New York. Please note departures are ONLY from Battery Park, New York. Service from Liberty State Park in New Jersey is NOT available at this time.

The Statue is arguably one of the greatest American symbols of freedom and friendship. Even if you have never seen her in person, you feel like you know her. The following link is an inspiring look at the history of the Statue of Liberty, including old photos of the casting of the statue and early visitors to the island. If the "show" goes slower than you would like, click your mouse and it will take you to the next screen.

When you are ready, click here to download the presentation.

Competition Drill: Isis World Drill Championships Questions and Answers

Question: Isis? What's that?
Answer: Isis is a competition for post-high school drillers. It's held the first weekend of May every year at the same time that the High School National Drill Competition happens. It has traditionally hosted solo and tandem events.

Question: Well that sounds interesting! How do I qualify?
Answer: To qualify, you must be a high school graduate or equivalent. That's it! Congratulations! From here, you'll have to go to TheNationals.net and fill out the required forms. Send in the forms along with your registration fee of $100. You're now a registered competitor! Don't forget to book your flight and find a hotel.

Question: Fantastic! Oh, but...what kind of uniform should I wear?
Answer: The uniform is entirely up to you. Keep in mind, though, that unprofessional uniforms may hurt your score quite a bit. There's a section of scoring for uniform and appearance, as well as military flavor. A good uniform will inflate both of these scores. I recommend a nice fitting button-down shirt, a standard military beret, some nice fitting slacks, shiny shoes or boots, and a few accents to make you stand out. Keep it simple.

Final Question: Am I ready to compete?
Answer: As long as you meet the requirements, then YES you are ready to compete. Even if you know you aren't at the skill level to win, you should still compete. This is because, if you don't compete, you will more than likely fall out of drill. In high school, you get used to a certain level of competition. There's a new competition every month. In the professional world of drill, this isn't the case yet. If you skip out on Isis, you're probably going to be sitting out for two full years, and in that time, you're probably going to get bored without the competition and stop doing it.

Fun Fact: Isis? What's that?
Answer: The only Isis competitor who ever won in their Isis debut was the very first Isis competitor. The experience that you gain during Isis is invaluable, and if you ever hope to be the best, you have to know exactly what you're marching into every year. You have to know that you'll be comfortable in that venue. The only way to do this is to go out and compete. Don't feel like you can't do well at the competition - many competitors do drop during their performances. You just don't see them because most people only watch the top drillers.

Adam Jeup has been an active driller for 9 years and has competed at IWDC. He owns and operates Independent Drill, a learning resource for drillers of all skill levels. Stay tuned to the Bugler for more exclusive articles from Adam on competitive drill!

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