Weslaco JROTC High School Students, Adelaida Flores and Maria G. Martinez, Win Awards at 9th Annual Way to Happiness JROTC Scholarship Competition

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Rio Grande Valley High Schools participate in a scholarship competition sponsored by Harlingen Family Dentistry to showcase student projects that apply The Way to Happiness precepts and the JROTC Core Values.

Contest winners announced at Harlingen Family Dentistry with Judges, Instructors and Dr. Juan D. Villarreal, Sponsor

Harlingen, TX, April 7, 2016 – Harlingen Family Dentistry hosted its 9th annual values-based Scholarship Competition. Students were acknowledged and awarded for their community projects that incorporated The Way to Happiness precepts and JROTC Core Values.

Schools from across the Rio Grande Valley participated in the contest.

In the competition, members of local high school JROTC programs present activities they have personally done to implement precepts contained in “The Way to Happiness” book and the JROTC Core Values. The common goal is to help make the world a better place.

All participants were awarded certificates of commendation from US Congressman Filemon Vela. The certificates read, “Congratulating you on a job well done and celebrating your commitment to The Way to Happiness and the JROTC Core Values that improve the quality of life in your communities.”

The 2016 competition judges: Sheriff Omar Lucio, LT Israel Villarreal, Navy, Serafin Pardon, Walgreen’s Manager, Rick Caballero, Khan’s Grill CEO, Major Dolores Watts, Salvation Army, Lisa Seiser, Valley Morning Star Editor, and Officer Hector Villegas, Harlingen Police Department Ernest Espinosa, Boy Scouts..

Portfolio Judges, Judy Emsley, Educator (Retired), Rotarian and Marsha Gramley, Principal (Retired), Rotarian

Competition Tabulator, Janie Sandoval, Rio Grande Valley Credit Union, Timekeeper, John Hollingsworth, Rotarian,

Runner-up Awards were presented to Anacecilia Santoyo, Veterans Memorial, Brownsville, Instructor, Chief Warrant Officer Raul Rodriguez, Angelo Corona, Edinburg North High School, Instructor LTC James Troia, Niurka Magalie Cervantes, Harlingen High School South, Victoria Alondra Leyva, Harlingen High School South, Instructor, Major Pedro Gonzalez, Adelaida Flores, Weslaco High School and Maria G. Martinez, Weslaco High School, Instructor SFC Mario Gonzales.

“We are very proud of these winners,” said Dr. Villarreal. “We are also proud and grateful for all the contestants who worked so hard with their instructors contributing to their community. As far as we are concerned, they are all winners.”

About the Competition:
To qualify, JROTC cadets are required to present a portfolio containing a JROTC Service Criteria resume, cover letter, certificates of achievement and references.

Each candidate in the competition presents a portfolio summation of results achieved in implementing “The Way to Happiness” precepts and JROTC Core Values. In addition, each student makes an oral and visual presentation to the judges, with project documentation.

For more information about the competition, contact:

Gail Thomason, Public Relations and Community Outreach Director
Harlingen Family Dentistry
1214 Dixieland Rd. #4
Harlingen, Texas 78552

1st Place Competition Winner Gabriela Reyes, Dr. Juan D. Villarreal, Sheriff Omar Lucio


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