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La Puente High School JROTC Cadet Wins National Scholarship for Model Citizenship
Posted 10/13/22

 

CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA – La Puente High School senior and Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) cadet George Salazar has been named one of seven students awarded a $4,000 scholarship from the Wounded Warriors Family Support Organization for his outstanding citizenship and patriotism.

 

The Wounded Warriors Family Support Organization partnered with Microsoft employees for its fifth year, presenting scholarships to JROTC high school students nationwide to support their college and career ambitions.

 

Salazar was honored during a Microsoft Teams virtual event on Oct. 6, where he was recognized for his leadership, discipline, character and community service efforts within the City of La Puente and the JROTC program over the past four years. 

 

“Thank you to Master Sergeant Souza for teaching me the importance of respect and teamwork and helping me develop leadership and life skills that I will utilize for the rest of my life,” Salazar said. “I look forward to the future where I plan to continue my education and serve my community as a firefighter or paramedic. This scholarship has brought me closer to fulfilling my dream and I am so grateful.”

 

Retired Master Sergeant and Senior Army JROTC instructor Roland A. Souza nominated Salazar for the award. Once nominated, Salazar completed an application and submitted a video where he discussed his accomplishments and passion for pursuing his goal of becoming a first responder. 

 

Salazar plans to use the $4,000 to help pay for his tuition at Río Hondo College in the fall of 2023.

 

“Thank you to the Wounded Warriors Family Support organization and the employees at Microsoft for bringing this scholarship opportunity to our JROTC cadets,” Souza said. “The JROTC program is designed to motivate students to become better citizens and George has done an outstanding job being a model student and cadet in his school and the greater Hacienda La Puente Unified community.”  

 

Souza said that Salazar exemplifies a well-rounded cadet, noting that he won first place in all three camp competitions during a Cadet Leadership Summer Challenge in June.

 

“Congratulations to George for his continuous civic efforts and for proudly representing La Puente High School and the Hacienda La Puente Unified community,” Superintendent Dr. Alfonso Jiménez said. “We are proud of all our JROTC cadets and look forward to our Warriors continuing to grow in this extraordinary program where they learn to build self-confidence, teamwork and life skills to excel inside and outside the classroom.”

 

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HLPUSD_JROTC1: From left to right: JROTC instructor and retired Sergeant First Class Edmundo Bendana, Azusa Recruiting and Retention Sergeant Marco Medina, La Puente High School Principal Dr. Lisa Lopez, JROTC cadet and scholarship recipient George Salazar and retired Master Sergeant and Senior Army JROTC instructor Roland A. Souza celebrate Salazar’s achievement during a Microsoft Teams virtual event on Oct. 6.

 

 

HLPUSD_JROTC2: La Puente High School JROTC cadet George Salazar celebrates winning first place in all three camp competitions during the three-day Cadet Leadership Summer Challenge held June 24-26.