HISD Honors Six ROTC Cadets Across The District
Senior Iris Gomez became the top JROTC cadet for the Class of 2010. Her hard work and determination earned her the title of Cadet Colonel, the highest rank in JROTC. Gomez is also the only female among the top six JROTC cadets in HISD.
“I am truly honored to have come this far in JROTC,” Gomez said. “I believe this program is the best thing in this district and the country and it completes its mission with every single cadet by motivating us to be better citizens.”
JROTC Cadet Colonel Ferunell Smith from Yates High School earned second place, Cadet Colonel Andrew Stevens from Lamar High School earned third, Cadet Colonel Angel Narvaez from Reagan High School came in fourth place, Cadet Colonel Dylan Casares from Waltrip High School and Cadet Colonel Emmanuel Chavez from Madison High School earned fifth and sixth place.
The six top senior JROTC cadets will be honored during the Annual HISD JROTC Final Review and Awards Ceremony at 10 a.m. on April 27, at Butler Stadium, 13755 South Main.
They will be featured leading their respective command groups. The cadet leaders will also be honored on May 1, at the Annual JROTC Awards Luncheon to be held at 11 a.m. at the Sheraton North Houston, 15700 JFK Blvd.
“I am extremely proud of our top JROTC graduates. The tenets of leadership, selfless service, personal courage, and self-discipline are expected of all JROTC students. However, our top graduates represent the best of what JROTC instructors strive to awaken within each student,” said HISD JROTC Director Lt. Colonel Cornell McGhee. “These cadets have demonstrated the ability to lead their peers, achieve academically, and serve their local community. The confidence developed in providing the requisite purpose, motivation, and direction to achieve goals will suit them well in whatever endeavor they choose for the rest of their lives.
The selection of board members for the JROTC cadet competition consisted of cadets from Texas A & M University. Cadets received points based upon their scholastic standing and participation in extracurricular activities.
They were also awarded points for their scores on the Military Qualification Test, an oral presentation, a personal evaluation consisting of military courtesy, knowledge of current events, appearance, knowledge of geography and practical examinations, including first-aid demonstrations such as life saving, bandaging, and transporting sick and wounded victims.