The San Marcos Academy Bear Battalion held a promotion ceremony for 65 cadets during their Fall Parent Day Oct. 4.Among the officers, Cadet Corps Commander Isaac Espinoza was promoted to cadet major; Jared Blalack, Ha Nguyen and Hunter Brown received the rank of cadet captain; David Abugaber, Steven Pham, Yohan Hong, Bryce Patterson, Kelsey Henry and Michael Zhang were promoted to cadet first lieutenant; and Dylan Dees, Blayne Wright, Juan Gomez and John Wieland accepted the rank of second lieutenant. Also Chloe Roach was promoted to the non-commissioned rank of cadet command sergeant major.
Also recognized at the ceremony was freshman cadet Shane Boyer of San Marcos, who was presented the Senior Army Instructor’s Commendation Medal. Normally given to cadets with more experience, this award recognized the work Shane routinely does by assisting other freshmen in the dorm with the proper wear of the uniform and with proper formation conduct. “His actions demonstrated a level of maturity and leadership that far exceeded his rank and level of experience,” LTC Larry Revell said.
In 1917, the Academy was one of the first schools in the country to petition and receive the authorization to establish its own JROTC unit. One semester of participation in the JROTC is required for first-year high school boys who are American citizens; additional participation is voluntary for boys and girls. One of the largest organizations at the Academy, the cadet corps currently has more than 75 members. On Oct. 16, the Academy Color Guard posted the colors for the Mayor’s State of the City Address at the City of San Marcos Conference Center. Sixteen cadets also competed Oct. 18 at the Smithson Valley Hill Country Challenge.
San Marcos Academy is a fully accredited college preparatory school committed to educating young men and women within a nurturing community based upon Christian values. The Academy offers a unique co-educational experience for both boarding and day students in the 7th through 12th grades. Founded in 1907, the Academy is now in its second century of operation. San Marcos Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT).
For more information about the San Marcos Academy please visit www.smba.org.
by Shelley Henry
San Marcos Baptist Academy
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