Socorro High School NJROTC is named Most Outstanding Unit in the Nation
The Socorro High School NJROTC has been named the 2013 Most Outstanding Unit in the Nation by the U.S. Navy League.
Socorro High School was chosen for the prestigious designation out of nominations from 11 areas across the nation. More than 600 NJROTC units compete in area contests en route to the final selection of the country’s most outstanding unit.
The unit won the top area award after competing against schools from New Mexico, Colorado and Oklahoma. From there, the Socorro NJROTC was nominated for the national award. The unit was honored for its outstanding armed and unarmed teams, academic and physical teams and color guard. They were also commended for their countless hours of community and environmental service in the El Paso, Horizon City and Socorro communities. Last year, the Socorro NJROTC won third in the nation and first at the state level for the third consecutive year. The NJROTC unit won the national award once before in 1995.
“It is the students and the parents that continuously support this program. I pat those kids on the back because they really do a lot,” said Senior Naval Science Instructor Michael Morales.
“This is a great honor and it shows that the unit has put a lot of heart, time and effort into what we do,” said Cadet Lt. Commander Joseph Anthony Perez and a junior at Socorro High School.
“It means we are going to have to work even harder next year, but it is a great honor and very exciting. Our cadets are outstanding and they always attend our community service events,” said Cadet Commanding Officer Jose Luis Arreola, a senior at Socorro High School.
“This is a marvelous occasion to honor the students of Socorro High School who participate in the NJROTC. They are great students and they have great leadership out there,” said Rodney Hansen, President of the El Paso Council of the U.S. Navy League.