• Academic Team Proceeds to Round 2

    Posted by Russell W. Malesky, Col, USAF (Retired) on 2/3/2021

    Congrats to Team One of our Academic Team program for scoring high enough to progress upward/onward:

    C/Maj Roy Castellanos (Team/Program Captain)
    C/Capt Andrea Torres
    C/AMN Jose Mendieta-Rubio
    C/AMN Xavier Garcia

    These Cadets will progress to the Round-Two JROTC Academic Bowl Nationals and are planning to compete on/about 26 Feb!

    The key goal of JROTC Academic Bowl is to prepare students for state exit/graduation exams as well as college entrance exams, such as the SAT and ACT.  The competitive test holds a mix of JROTC curriculum as well as English, Math and Science questions.  A few questions about current events are also included - focusing on national and international news, particularly international relations, politics, business and science.  All of the current events questions are taken from major media available on television, the internet and in daily newspapers.

    Cadet Major Castellanos prepared his teams through rigorous study and commitment to out-perform our fellow Army JROTC FWISD competitors.  The net result was competing better across the entire nation, although we have another level to raise ourselves to.  As the only Air Force unit in Fort Worth and proud to be here at Western Hills, this year we know we have a winning team!


    Academic Team

    Pictured from left to right are:
    C/Captain Andrea Torres
    C/Airman Ashley Valverde
    C/Major Roy Castellanos (Team Captain)
    C/Airman Xavier Garcia
    C/Airman Jose Mendieta-Rubio 

    Not pictured:
    C/Airman Hugo Castruita
    C/Airman Jose Torres
    C/Airman Karen Medina

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  • 2015 Alumni Shout-Out

    Posted by Russell W. Malesky, Col, USAF (Retired) on 10/15/2020

    "I had the privilege to recognize newly promoted Staff Sergeant Cody Vernon, USAF (TXANG) serving now with our neighboring 136th Airlift Wing at the Fort Worth JRB.  I joined with Cody’s father to “pound” (pin) on his fourth stripe to USAF Staff Sergeant, the beginning of the Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) grades. 

    Cody has come a long way from his and my first year (2011) at WHHS when he came to us as a rosy-cheeked chubby little freshman.  After he graduated I had the chance to fly with him as his flight instructor inevitably signing him off for his first solo (where he flew by himself).  He also served as our Group Commander and represented us in his senior year at Camp Perry, Ohio at the All-Service Marksmanship Nationals, placing overall in the top five nationally.   

    SSgt Vernon heads out Sunday to attend Water Survival and Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training (SERE) at Fairchild AFB near Spokane, WA; probably the toughest thing he has yet to go through…shy of actually becoming a real Prisoner of War.  This will complete his formal training as a Flight Engineer on the 136th’s C-130 aircraft.  He was previously qualified as a radio technician on the USAF E4B, before transitioning to the Texas Air National Guard from the active duty USAF where he served since his 2015 graduation from WHHS.

    Cody has joined two of our other WHHS graduates with the 136thAirmen First Class Arianna Martinez, currently deployed and serving as a security policeman, er, police-woman in Qatar (Middle Eastern Theater) and Airmen First Class Gerardo Garza who is now a fully qualified Loadmaster on the C-130.

    Keeping WHHS proud and safe in the skies of North Texas: our students- our cadets- our young men and women, and our best!!!

    CVernon  C. Vernon2  CVernon3  CVernon4

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  • National Awards 2020

    Posted by Russell Malesky, Col, USAF (Retired) on 5/22/2020
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