Submitted By Jason Gordon
Smithson Valley High School’s Navy JROTC Unit has been named the top program in the United States for the 2016-2017 school year by the Commander, Naval Service Training Command.
SVHS was first named the top Unit in Area 10, which encompasses most of Texas. That award put the Rangers in the running for the Navy League’s Best in the Nation award against the other 10 Areas in the U.S.
“We were very proud to receive this honor, especially our cadets,” said SVHS instructor Commander Vince Quidachay. “The Navy League’s Best in the Nation award is the most prestigious honor a Navy JROTC Unit can receive. We couldn’t have accomplished this without the hard work of our cadets, their parents, and my fellow SVHS instructors Chief Petty Officer Daniel Hansen and Lieutenant Rolando Gonzalez.”
The accomplishment is based on many things including: unit participation in drill competitions, hosting drill competitions, community service hours, school support, academic performance by cadets, physical fitness, college campus visits and many other activities.
Quidachay and several of his top Navy JROTC student officers will receive the Navy League’s Best in the Nation award at a Comal ISD School Board Meeting at the district’s Support Services Building in New Braunfels later this summer. A representative from the U.S. Navy League will be at the meeting to present the award.