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Houston ISD Spotlight Series: Cadet Colonel Marlenn Gonzalez

Cadet Colonel Marlenn Gonzalez

Cadet Colonel Marlenn Gonzalez
Photo Credit: LTC (R) Cornell T. McGhee

  • Posted on April 20th, 2021
  • Story by: LTC (R) Cornell T. McGhee, Ed.D.
  • 5th Brigade
    Academic Excellence
HISD JROTC 2nd Brigade Commander (#3 Graduate)
Cadet Colonel Marlenn Gonzalez
Scarborough High School

HOUSTON, TX -- Cadet Colonel Marlenn Gonzalez distinguished herself in academics, school, and extra-curricular activities throughout her high school years. Cadet Colonel Gonzalez served as the Commander of HISD’s 17th Army JROTC Battalion. Cadet Colonel Gonzalez is ranked 3rd in her class out of 179 graduating seniors while maintaining a 4.37 grade point average. She has displayed exceptional leadership skills and has distinguished herself by serving as a member of the National Honor Society. Cadet Colonel Gonzalez served as commander of the Color Guard Drill team, member of the Academics Team, member of the Flag Folding team, a Superior Cadet Instructor, and has been the Battalion’s Outstanding Cadet for the past four years. Along with her many achievements in the JROTC Program, Cadet Colonel Gonzalez is an active member of the school community and volunteers in school events, as well as Junior Achievement, and the Houston Food Bank. Also, on campus, she is part of the FUTURES Academy and the EMERGE program. After graduation, Cadet Colonel Gonzalez plans to attend Brandeis University in Waltham Massachusetts majoring in Education and Latin America and Latino Studies.

About the Houston ISD Spotlight Series

Houston Independent School District’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) Department honored the top six graduating seniors from the class of 2021 on Friday, April 09. The JROTC Department conducted a virtual Final Review and Awards Ceremony this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. The top six cadets earned a promotion to Cadet Colonel, which is the highest rank attainable in JROTC.

Fourth Year cadets from each of HISD’s 23 JROTC programs competed against one another in a virtual skill and knowledge-based evaluation held on 27 March 2021. Prior to the selection board, cadets earned points based upon their scholastic standing (overall grade point average), and demonstrated leadership skills in school, community organizations, civic groups, and extracurricular activities.

This year’s selection board was a virtual competition due to COVID-19 restrictions. At the selection board, cadets earned points for proficiency on a curricular-based skills test, an oral presentation, a personal evaluation consisting of military courtesy, knowledge of current events, appearance in their cadet uniform, knowledge of geography, and an evaluation of first-aid techniques such as cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, bandaging wounds, and assisting sick and injured casualties.