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Houston ISD Spotlight Series: Cadet Colonel Juan Rojas

Cadet Colonel Juan Rojas

Cadet Colonel Juan Rojas
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 3rd Brigade Commander (#4 Graduate)
Cadet Colonel Juan Rojas
Austin High School

HOUSTON, TX -- Cadet Colonel Juan Rojas distinguished himself in academics, extra-curricular activities, and community service work throughout his high school years. Cadet Rojas served as the Command Sergeant Major and Commander of HISD’s 6th Army JROTC Battalion. Cadet Rojas is 2nd in his class out of 342 graduating seniors having maintained a 4.36 grade point average. Cadet Rojas displayed exceptional leadership skills and distinguished himself by serving as commander of the Air Rifle Marksmanship Team, captain of the Academics Team, Superior Cadet Instructor, and was the Battalion’s Outstanding Cadet for the past three years. Along with his many achievements in the JROTC Program, Cadet Rojas is an active participant in the Austin High School community service partnership with the Houston Food Bank. Cadet Rojas participated in or led over 40 food drives during his four years as a cadet, providing much needed food assistance to over 1,000 East End families. After graduation, Cadet Rojas plans to attend Texas A&M and join the Corps of Cadets and major in Mechanical Engineering. Juan wants to serve his country as an officer in the United States Army.

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.