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Sweet Home senior one of 42 West Coast students awarded ROTC scholarship


March 28, 2018

RICKY YUNKE, center, gets a congratulatory handshake from U.S. Marine Corps. Capt. Mack Marcenelle, who announced that Yunke is being awarded a $180,000 full-ride ROTC scholarship to Oregon State University.

Ricky Yunke wasn't sure what was going on when he got called out of class Friday morning, March 23, to a meeting in the Sweet Home High School library.

"They told me I had a quick wrestling meeting," said the senior. "That sounded a little weird."

Yunke, though, left his AP Government class and dutifully headed to the library, where he walked in on a crowd of 50-plus family, coaches, teachers and friends – and U.S. Marine Corps. Capt. Mack Marcenelle, an executive recruiting officer for the Reserve Officer Training Corps from Portland, who was there to give him the good news that he'd jus...

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