2019-2020 Hillcrest High School JROTC Battalion Staff.
Featured top left: BN XO MAJ Chan, BN CDR LTC Piao, BN S1 CPT Perez Aragon, BN CSM CSM Haaswyk, BN S3 1LT Oliva, BN S4 CPT Arellano (CIP Briefers)
The Hillcrest Army JROTC was awarded Honor Unit with Distinction (HUD) by 5th Brigade, headquartered at Joint Base Kelly-Randolph, San Antonio, TX on 10 March 2020. The inspection covered seven areas to include: In-Ranks inspection of all Cadets, Color Guard, two in-depth briefings, consisting of the Battalion Continuous Improvement Program (BCIP), and Service Learning Briefing (SLB), Depth of Knowledge (DOK) of the JROTC curriculum with Cadet Portfolio Reviews, and Instructor Portfolio Review.
2019-2020 Hillcrest HS JROTC Battalion Service Learning Briefing Team.
Featured from left to right: E CO CDR CPT Villafan, D CO CDR CPT Palma, E CO PL Monterubbio, A CO 1st PSG PFC Gutierrez.
The Service-Learning Project (SLP) presentation. This year, the Panther Battalion participated in a toy drive that began on 1 November and culminated on 15 December 2019 benefitting Children’s Medical Center Dallas. This project rallied cadets into inspiring each other in donating and collecting new unwrapped toys that would bring hope and happiness for children in the hospital during the Christmas holiday. Additionally, the most important part was the reflection. Each cadet wrote down what they got out of the event, and this reflection was discussed in an AAR. During the reflection, the raw feelings came out of the cadets, and it was a very emotional part of the project. “This project was so awesome to help those who were in need, it was a unique project for our school, cadets, and community,” said Senior Service Coordinator, Cadet CPT Dorado Villafan. The collection netted over 165 new toys, which surpassed the original goal of one toy per cadet. In the end 3 brand new toys were given to each hospitalized child, and one for any siblings that were also with the family.
Hillcrest cadets await inspection by CSM Esters of Ft Worth ISD.
The Platoon and Color Guard perform before inspectors.