Sam Houston Math, Science, and Technology Center Army JROTC Recognition: Cadet Major Jasmine “Jai” Nava

Written by: MAJ (Ret.) Micah Ray

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Houston ISD is the 4th largest district in the United States. JROTC within the district has around 4,000 cadets. Houston MSTC can proudly announce four of their own JROTC cadets are among the top 24 cadets out of 4,000. These four cadets went through a battery of tests and tasks competing to earn a district level promotion and rise to the top of their own battalion’s leadership chain.

Cadet Major Jasmine “Jai” Nava

Cadet Major Jasmine “Jai” Nava
Grade Level:
GPA: 4.5
Clubs and Teams:

  • Varsity Volleyball (co-captain)
  • Marksmanship Team
  • Physical Fitness Team (commander)
  • Unarmed Drill
  • Diamonds member
  • Leadership Bowl Team (commander)
  • Raider Team

National Honor Society: Fall 2021


  • 2021/2022 Fall Classic
  • 2022/2023 Bluebonnet Drill Meet
  • 2022 Spartan Skirmish (Stafford, TX)
  • 2022 Battle of the Bayou (Pasadena, TX)

Positions Held:

  • Squad Leader
  • Platoon Sergeant
  • Company Commander
  • Staff: Assistant Operations Manager
  • Operations Officer in Charge


  • US Military Academy at West Point Summer Leadership Experience (June 2023)
  • JROTC Cadet Leadership Camp (June 2023) at Texas A&M at College Station
  • 2023 Texas Girls State (June 2023)

Jasmine (Jai) Nava joined Army JROTC in August of 2021 during the annual recruiting drive at orientation. Her entire freshman year was shut down due to the pandemic and she found herself developing a love for fitness at home. Once she learned about a program on campus that focuses on fitness and overall excellence, she signed up and has quickly risen to the top of the organization.

Jai has now applied to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point which is an education valued at over a quarter of a million dollars. The institution is now interested in her attending due to her academic and athletic prowess. She is a trailblazer and will be an asset to any institution of higher learning. Through the district cadet board, she has elevated to a district level officer.

Top photo caption: District JROTC Director LTC (Retired) Cornell McGhee promoting Jai to the rank of Major.

Check back soon to read about more Sam Houston MSTC Army JROTC Cadets!

Left to Right: Cadet Colonel Erik Jimenez, Cadet Major Jasmine “Jai” Nava, Cadet Command Sergeant Major Elizabeth Rigney, Cadet Staff Sergeant Ethan Aragus

Published - FRAGO 2 to USACC OPORD 24-02-008 JROTC National Raider Challenge 071600(EST)JUN24