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JHS ROTC Cadet Receives Legion of Valor Award

Joshua High School’s prestigious NJROTC program has received another national award.

 

Lt. Johan Hernandez has been named a Legion of Valor Award recipient, one of only 50

 

high school and collegiate ROTC members in the country. Hernandez, a senior at JHS, is

 

also the unit’s first Hispanic Commanding Officer in its prestigious history. The medal was

 

established in 1960, and is given annually to outstanding junior division, military school

 

division, senior division Reserve Officer Training Corps students  and to National Defense

 

Cadet Corps students that achieve scholastic excellence in both military and academic

 

subjects, while stimulating the development of leadership. Selected cadets are chosen by

 

exisiting Medal of Honor recipients. Lt. Hernandez is a member of the ROTC Color Guard

 

and Rifle Team.

 

Senior Lt. Johan Hernandez

 

“I am very thankful for the opportunities at Joshua ISD,” said Lt. Hernandez. “They have

 

provided me with the best education. The teachers have prepared and pushed me to

 

become the best, and they truly care for you.”

 

“Cadet Hernandez has an incredible work ethic and brains to boot,” said Lt. Col James

 

Davidson, JHS Senior Naval Science Instructor. “This is a Cadet who excels in the

 

intangibles; those qualities that are impossible to quantify, but essential to a future

 

military officer.  His grades are excellent, but his character, integrity, loyalty and charisma

 

are off the charts.  I would lead, flank, or follow this young man myself.”

 

In addition to his ROTC success, Lt. Hernandez maintains a 4.0 GPA while taking Honors

 

and Advanced Placement classes. He is a member of the JHS National Honor Society. He

 

aspires to attend the Virginia Military Institute to study Applied Mathematics and

 

commission into the United States Marine Corps. as an infantry officer. Lt. Hernandez is

 

the 11th Joshua cadet to receive the award. He will be given the Legion of Valor Award at

 

the annual JHS ROTC Navy Ball, scheduled for 6:30 pm October 21 at Owl Stadium.

 

To learn more about Lt. Hernandez, check out this feature video.