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Houston ISD Spotlight Series: Cadet Colonel Alejandra Rodriguez

Cadet Colonel Alejandra Rodriguez

Cadet Colonel Alejandra Rodriguez
Photo Credit: LTC (R) Cornell T. McGhee

  • Posted on April 30th, 2021
  • Story by: LTC (R) Cornell T. McGhee, Ed.D.
  • 5th Brigade
    Academic Excellence
HISD JROTC 4th Brigade Commander (#5 Graduate)
Cadet Colonel Alejandra Rodriguez
Kashmere Senior High School

HOUSTON, TX -- Cadet Colonel Alejandra Rodriguez distinguished herself in academics, and extra-curricular activities throughout her high school years. Alejandra is ranked first in her class with 4.55 grade point average. Cadet Colonel Rodriguez displayed exceptional leadership skills and distinguished herself as Commander of the Battalion Color Guard team. Along with her many accomplishments in the JROTC Program, Cadet Rodriguez volunteered numerous hours with the Houston Food Bank, Wreath Across America, and Special Olympics. Also, on campus, Cadet Rodriguez is a member of the National Honor Society and the EMERGE program. After graduation, Alejandra will attend Wellesley College in Boston, Massachusetts where she will major in Aeronautical Engineering.

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.