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Where Are They Now? Former Rocky River HS JROTC Cadet Asael Salinas Excels at Duke University

Former Rocky River Ravens Battalion Commander Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Asael Salinas

Former Rocky River Ravens Battalion Commander Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Asael Salinas
Photo Credit: LTC (R) Tyron W. Eason

  • Posted on March 10th, 2021
  • Story by: LTC (R) Tyron W. Eason
  • 4th Brigade
    Academic Excellence

CHARLOTTE, NC -- On October 12, 2019, the Rocky River Ravens Battalion Commander Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Asael Salinas received the Legion of Valor with Bronze Cross for Achievement. Air Force Cross recipient Mr. Leonard Funderburk presented the award on behalf of the Legion of Valor society. Asael went on to graduate number three in the RRHS Class of 2017.

Where is he now? Asael Salinas is a senior at Duke University, double majoring in Public Policy Studies and International Comparative Studies with a minor in Mandarin. At Duke, Asael has served as president of Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity, executive board member of Duke Splash, and fellow with the Hart Leadership Program’s Political Engagement Project. Asael is also a part of the Duke Equestrian Team and a research assistant for the Parenting Across Cultures (PAC) study. Outside of Duke, he is also a fellow with The Blue Lab South Carolina and an intern with CityBright LLC, a political consulting firm based in Columbia, SC. After graduation from Duke, Asael plans to attend graduate school after working in the public sector for a few years. He is passionate about education, child welfare, equity, and social and climate justice; consequently, he hopes to embark on a career with a non-profit organization aligned to one or more of these areas.


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