Franklin Mountains State Park is the go-to destination for El Pasoans wanting to explore the 27,000 acres of land and over 100 miles of trails.
Last weekend, 154 EPISD Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) cadets put their navigational skills to the test at one of the park’s canyons as part of the District’s Fall JROTC Orienteering Meet.
“The meet is an important training event because it allows Army, Air Force and Marine cadets the opportunity to practice what they have learned in the classroom,” said Victor Diaz, EPISD Director of Army Instruction/JROTC Facilitator.
Instructors show cadets how to identify terrain features, such as hills, draws and ridges, on a map and how to locate them on the actual terrain.
The cadets then use a map and compass to navigate specified points on the novice and advanced courses through the mountain terrain over the span of a few hours, with the opportunity to earn awards as a team or individually.
The awards are as follows:
1st Place – Burges HS
2nd Place – Irvin HS
3rd Place – Austin HS
1st Place – Sergio Baez (Jefferson)
2nd Place Saul Gutierrez (Irvin)
3rd Place – Hiovan Moreno (Andress)
1st Place – Natalie Jimenez (Burges)
2nd Place – Ivette Alcantar (Burges)
3rd Place – Leonor Jimenez (Burges)
1st Place- Jared Espino (Coronado)
2nd Place- Carlos Loeza (Chapin)
3rd Place – Isaac Kanter (Austin)
1st Place – Yvette Rodriguez (Coronado)
2nd Place – Shaliah Doakes (Burges)
3rd Place – Taylor Wood (Austin)