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July 6, 2013 at 9:00 PM

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On the road with the Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team


ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Neka Ton, facing camera, helps Tiffany Chin with her headdress while traveling with the Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team. The drill team- comprised of girls from the fifth to 12th grades- celebrated its 60th anniversary last year. The team showcases precision, military-style marching led by a captain's commands. They wear replica Chinese opera costumes in red, signifying good luck. The team practices on Saturdays, April through July, and focuses on values of education, community service, discipline, leadership and sisterhood.

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Members of the Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team practice in Seward Park's tennis courts before performing at the 23rd Annual Walk for Rice. The group, which began in 1952 with the help of Ruby Chow, learned their drills the Seattle Police Department marching drill team.

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Lizzy Wong, center, and Michelle Pan, right, prepare for a performance with the Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team at the Chong Wa Benevolent Association.

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Members of the Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team dress to perform at the 23rd Annual Walk for Rice in Seward Park, which benefits the Asian Counseling and Referral Service.

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Cheryl Kojima, third from the left, practices with the Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team at the Chong Wa Benevolent Association.

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Members of the Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team prepare to practice at the Chong Wa Benevolent Association. The drill team- comprised of girls from the fifth to 12th grades- celebrated its 60th anniversary last year.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team wears replica Chinese opera costumes in red to signify good luck.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team practice in the Chong Wa Benevolent Association. The team performs to symbols, a snare drum and a Chinese bass drum.

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Members of the Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team ride the bus to perform at the 23rd Annual Walk for Rice in Seward Park, which benefits the Asian Counseling and Referral Service. The team is comprised of members from Lynnwood to Kent, Issaquah to Whidbey Island.

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Members of the Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team ride to bus to perform at the 23rd Annual Walk for Rice in Seward Park, which benefits the Asian Counseling and Referral Service. The team is comprised of members from Lynnwood to Kent, from Issaquah to Whidbey Island.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Capitan Katie Zhong, the highest-ranking officer in the Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team, gets a bit of help with her headdress. The feathers signify authority. The longer the feather, the higher the rank..

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Members of the Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team practice in the Seward Park tennis courts. They practice on Saturdays from April through July so the team can focus on their schoolwork the rest of the year. The team performs at parades and community events throughout the summer.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Members of the Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team practice in the Seward Park tennis courts. The team practices on Saturdays from April through July so the team can focus on their schoolwork the rest of the year. The team performs at parades and community events throughout the summer.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Banner girls with the Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team prepare to perform at Seward Park.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Members of the Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team wait before boarding their bus at Seward Park. The drill team focuses on having fun, fostering sisterhood and offering the members life skills to be engaged citizens.

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