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Pleasanton High School JROTC Cadets Attend Virtual Texas Boys State and Girls State

Pleasanton High School JROTC Cadets Attend Virtual Texas Boys State and Girls State

Left to right: Cadet CPT Aries Uhl, Cadet MAJ Roman Aguilar, Cadet LTC Simon Karsky, Cadet MAJ Annie Araiza, and Cadet CPT Jeannie Gomez-Hilburn
Photo Credit: COL (R) Chris Wynder

  • Posted on AUG 18th, 2021
  • Story by: COL (R) Chris Wynder
  • 5th Brigade

PLEASANTON, TX – The Pleasanton High School JROTC Eagle Battalion sent 2 cadets to the 2021 Virtual American Legion Auxiliary Texas Girls State and 3 cadets to the Virtual American Legion Texas Boys State this past summer. Both programs expose talented students from across the state of Texas to the inner workings of state and local government and educates them on the privileges, rights, duties and responsibilities of American citizenship.

The mission of Army JROTC is “To motivate young people to be better citizens” and the Boys and Girls State Programs build on the foundations of Army JROTC and provide attendees with a week-long experience that will remain with them for a lifetime. Congratulations to the following Eagle Battalion Cadets for their selection and attendance at Boys and Girls State: Cadet Captain Jeanie Gomez-Hilburn of Poteet High School and Pleasanton High School Students Cadet Major Roman Aguilar, Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Simon Karsky, Cadet Captain Aries Uhl and Cadet Major Annie Araiza.

A few reflections from the cadets include:

Simon Karsky: “During my time at American Legion Texas Boy State it opened my eyes to a few things number one being how much the American Legion does for their community and two being how important a good governing body is.”

Aries Uhl: “Each of the guest speakers gave amazing advice either towards our future aspirations or just for our everyday life. This was definitely one of my favorite parts of Boys State and another experience in which I will hold onto when looking towards my future.”

Jeannie Gomez: “Overall I had a great time getting to get a better understanding of how government works and meeting new people.”

The American Legion Post 436, Jourdanton, Texas is a tremendous supporter of the Pleasanton High School JROTC Program and sponsored all 5 cadets who participated in the summer programs.