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Houston ISD Spotlight Series: Cadet Colonel Guillermo Pereznegron

Cadet Colonel Guillermo Pereznegron

Cadet Colonel Guillermo Pereznegron
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 5th Brigade Commander (#6 Graduate)
Cadet Colonel Guillermo Pereznegron
Waltrip High School

HOUSTON, TX -- Cadet Colonel Guillermo Pereznegron distinguished himself in academics, extracurricular activities, and community service work throughout his high school years. Cadet Colonel Pereznegron served as Battalion Commander for HISD's 9th Army JROTC Battalion. Throughout his tenure in JROTC, Cadet Colonel Pereznegron earned the Veterans of Foreign Affairs Leadership Award, the 9th Battalion Major Savage Honorarium Award, and the 9th Battalion Superior Drill Cadet Award. He served as commander of the Armed Drill Team and the Sabre Guard Honors Platoon. He served as a member of the Junior Leadership and Academic Team as and the physical fitness team. In addition to his JROTC Program accomplishments, Guillermo is a member of the National Honors Society and an Ambassador for the Geographic Information Systems pathway. After graduation, Cadet Colonel Pereznegron will attend Texas A&M University and join the Corps of Cadets. Majoring in Public Health, Guillermo’s career goal is to serve as a Public Health Officer in the United States Air Force.

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.