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Nathan Illies, a senior at Bemidji High School and member of the Junior Reserve Office Training Corps, fixes student Tom Schwarzlander's uniform during class on Oct. 5. Students in JROTC spent the morning trying on their uniforms fresh from the seamstress. Illies is commander of the JROTC's Alpha Company. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Bemidji High School: Committed to his corps

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A moment of silence was honored before the football game at Bemidji State University's Chet Anderson Stadium on Oct. 10 as a group of young men and women in uniform walked onto the field covered in slushy snow in near freezing temperatures to present the colors.


Among that group was Bemidji High School senior Nathan Illies, a member of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.

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