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The Pebble Hills High School NJROTC has been named the third best unit in the nation, a designation they earned for their outstanding scores in their annual military inspection, school support, and countless hours of community service.
“We have always held our standard high and worked toward this goal so it’s great to finally achieve it,” said Sarah Adams, senior cadet from El Dorado High School. “NJROTC is unlike any other organization. It develops responsible and disciplined youth and helps build your character.”
Pebble Hills earned the third place award from among 672 NJROTC units nationwide. They also were selected as the 2017 Area Nine Most Outstanding Unit. In addition, the group has been named a distinguished unit with academic honors for its high level of performance for six consecutive years.
“I’m extremely proud of every single one of our cadets that have contributed to this unit and made a difference in our district and community,” said Justo Mendoza, senior naval science instructor at Pebble Hills. “Our unit has made its mark nationwide by placing third amongst some very good NJROTC units in the nation. We will continue to work hard next school year and hope to grow and continue making a positive impact in our district and community.”
The award-winning unit is 116 members strong and is composed of students from Montwood, El Dorado and Pebble Hills high schools. Together, the cadets have earned more than 9,500 combined community service hours for contributions of work in the community.