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MHS cadets hold change of command ceremony

MARIANAS High School’s JROTC Dolphin Battalion held its change of command ceremony on Thursday morning.

C/LTC Isabel Palacios is the new battalion commander, succeeding C/Maj. Reavenjei Cruz, who in turn, became the executive officer.

“My plan for the JROTC team is to stick to our motto which is ‘to motivate young people become better citizens.’ This year will be full of events and activities that will motivate cadets to acquire more leadership skills,” Palacios said in an interview.

Palacios said they will also strengthen their academic skills by participating in the JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl and the CyberPatriot competition.

CyberPatriot is an online competition under the National Youth Cyber Education Program and created by the Air Force Association and is also known as the National Youth Defense Competition.

Teams of high school and middle school students will assume the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company.

About 250 MHS students have joined the JROTC program.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

In each round of the competition, teams will be given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems. They must identify cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and harden the system while maintaining critical services in a six-hour period.

The MHS Dolphin Battalion took part in the competition last year. “We made it to the Silver Round,” Palacios said. “This year, we are looking forward to going further than that. Hopefully, we can get the national championship.”

As for the JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl, the newly installed battalion commander said they have assembled a team whose members are already preparing for the competition. “We are practicing with what is available online, as well as using books that we have,” Palacios said.

MHS Army instructor Ramon Ichihara said Palacios has been selected to lead the battalion based on her academic achievements and service in the JROTC.

“She is a part of the National Honor Society and her grade is excellent — 3.9 GPA. She has been in the program since her freshman year and she has held a lot of staff position,” Ichihara said.

About 250 MHS students have joined the JROTC program.

“The JROTC helps them become better citizens,” Ichihara said. “That’s our mission statement: to motivate young people to become better citizens. We teach them respect, courtesy as well as critical thinking skills.”