FORT BEND ISD (Covering Fort Bend News) – Fort Bend ISD has announced that the Marine Corps JROTC unit at Ridge Point High School has received the distinct honor of being named a Naval Honor School. They are among more than 160 units, only 10 percent in the nation, to receive the recognition. Of the participating units this year, Ridge Point ranked the highest.
The honor is based on certain criteria, including cadet citizenship, the number of community service hours per cadet and for the unit as a whole, active participation in student government and other campus organizations, scholastic achievements, and the number of academic awards and scholarships presented to cadets. Units are also measured by participation in public affairs events, drill, rifle and physical fitness team competitions, and field trips.
Having earned the distinction as a Naval Honor School, Ridge Point’s MCJROTC unit has the opportunity to nominate cadets for admission to the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, and the Military Academy at West Point. In addition, cadets who have a desire to join a service academy have a significant advantage of earning recommendation letters from their MCJROTC instructors who, under this award designation, carry as much weight as that of a U.S. Senator or Congressman. The Ridge Point MCJROTC unit is led by Senior Marine Instructor Captain Jorge Escatell (USMC ret) and Marine Instructor First Sergeant Marcel Lett (USMC ret).