Cypress Ridge Cadet Earns TXSSAR Enhanced Junior ROTC Award

Cypress, TX (April 12, 2016) Cypress Ridge High School Air Force Junior ROTC Cadet Ana Rivera earned the Texas Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (TXSSAR) Enhanced Junior ROTC award at the state society conference in Dallas on April 2.

0412 Enhanced JROTC Award

The organization’s intent is to foster the principle of the “citizen-soldier” as exemplified by the Minutemen of Revolutionary War days. This award is presented to JROTC cadets selected for having a high degree of merit with respect to leadership qualities, military bearing and general excellence.

To reach the state level, Cadet Rivera was required to complete an application documenting her class rank, involvement in JROTC, extracurricular activities and community service. Additionally, an original essay was also required on the topic, “How JROTC has prepared me to be a better citizen of the United States.” The TXSSAR serves almost 400 high schools throughout the state and each school may submit one nominee for this competition.

Rivera was nominated by JROTC instructor, Lt Col Porfirio Muñoz and recommended by Cypress Ridge High School principal Stephanie Meshell.

Following her nomination, Rivera was selected by the local Robert Rankin Chapter of the TXSSAR to compete for and eventually win the state society award for her JROTC accomplishments and essay titled, “Silence Breaks.”

Cadet Rivera will receive a $150 cash scholarship from the Robert Rankin Chapter and a $2,500 tuition scholarship from TXSSAR. Cadet Rivera’s application and essay will be submitted in a national competition and the winner will be announced in Boston, Mass., later this summer at the national congress of the SAR.

“It’s a tremendous honor for us to have Ana earn the state society’s award for her hard work and dedication to being a better citizen for America,” said Lt Col Muñoz.

Courtesy of the District