Pleasanton High School JROTC: Challenges, accomplishes, honors



Pleasanton High School JROTC at their Award Ceremony at Eagle Stadium COURTESY PHOTO

Pleasanton High School JROTC at their Award Ceremony at Eagle Stadium COURTESY PHOTO

Pleasanton High School JROTC succeeded this year in many of their endeavors. The group is led under the command of Senior Army Instructor COL (Ret) Chris Wynder and Army Instructor CSM (Ret) Elvin Nuells. The Pleasanton JROTC program consists of students from not only Pleasanton, Poteet and Jourdanton.

COL (Ret) Wynder stated, “The mission of JROTC is to motivate young people to be better citizens and our mandated curriculum and extracurricular activities provide a daily dose of essential tools of the trade so they may learn today and lead tomorrow and find absolute extreme success after high school.”

Along with their mission to become better citizens, the Pleasanton High School JROTC was involved in numerous volunteer activities this year, such as supporting the Mexican Independence Day Celebration in San Antonio, raising awareness for Alzheimer’s with a 5k walk, participating in Wreaths Across America, participating in Autism Awareness Day at the Pleasanton River Park along with other parades and community events.

Pleasanton JROTC men’s team placed 4th in their category. Pictured, from left, Valdemar Herrera, Nathan Pacheco, Gino Coronado, Kenneth Alegria, Lorenzo Samaniego, River Reyes, Xavier Rodriguez, Braxton Springer and Codeano Uribe.

Pleasanton JROTC men’s team placed 4th in their category. Pictured, from left, Valdemar Herrera, Nathan Pacheco, Gino Coronado, Kenneth Alegria, Lorenzo Samaniego, River Reyes, Xavier Rodriguez, Braxton Springer and Codeano Uribe.

More recent of the cadets’ endeavors include the Pleasanton High School JROTC Fitness Team competing in the Warrior Team Tough Challenge in Selma on May 22. Both male and female teams, consisting of a total of 18 cadets, faced stiff competition against high schools across the San Antonio area.

The Alpha Warrior Team Tough Challenge gives high school teams the opportunity to put their fitness and teamwork skills to the test. The Alpha Warrior Challenge is an obstacle course designed to assess participants both physically and mentally.

The female team consisting of Annie Araiza, Ashley Mahavier, Ashley Steed, Alania Nethken, Rory Cashiola, Alyssa Castelar, Meaghen McDonald and Kayla Shire took home second place overall in the female division.

The men’s team finished in fourth place out of 12 teams in their category. This team included Valdemar Herrera, Nathan Pacheco, Gino Coronado, Kenneth Alegria, Lorenzo Samaniego, River Reyes, Xavier Rodriguez, Braxton Springer and Codeano Uribe.

Pleasanton JROTC team that took home 2nd place overall in the female division. Pictured, from left, are Ashley Steed, Annie Araiza, Ashley Mahavier, Meaghan McDonald, Alania Nethken, Rory Cashiola, Kayla Shire and Alyssa Castelar.

Pleasanton JROTC team that took home 2nd place overall in the female division. Pictured, from left, are Ashley Steed, Annie Araiza, Ashley Mahavier, Meaghan McDonald, Alania Nethken, Rory Cashiola, Kayla Shire and Alyssa Castelar.

Pleasanton High School JROTC’s fitness teams train and practice yearround for various fitness events such as local fun runs and obstacle challenges. This team made an impression at their first ever Alpha Warrior Team Tough Challenge.

They hosted their endof year awards ceremony and Change of Command Ceremony on Thursday, May 20. There was a great turnout in support of the Pleasanton High School JROTC cadets at Eagle Stadium with over 170 parents in attendance.

Pleasanton High School JROTC former Cadet Battalion Commander Cadet LTC Edward Uhl passed the responsibility of commanding the Cadet Battalion to Cadet LTC Simon Karsky during the Ceremony.

In addition to the change of command, Cadet Major Jaimie Garcia was recognized for earning an Army ROTC Scholarship to Texas Tech University.

COL (Ret) Wynder stated at the cadet award ceremony, “With the caliber and commitment of the cadets standing before you, I am confident the foundation set over the last two years will in fact continue and the bar will be raised a little higher each year.”

The Pleasanton High School JROTC also participated in the Memorial Day Ceremony at Pleasanton River Park. This ceremony honored and remembered our nation’s fallen heroes.

Cadet LTC Simon Karsky commanded the Color Guard that consisted of Cadet CSM Hayli Woodson, Cadet MAJ Jared Griego and Cadet CPT Aries Uhl. The cadets were joined by the American Legion Post 436 Commander Tina Melancon and Senior Vice Commander Mark Anderson from VFW Post 4853 in a Wreath Laying at the Veterans Memorial that concluded with the playing of “Taps” by the 323D Army Band “Fort Sam’s Own.”

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