American Legion Post #68 honors North Brunswick High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) and N.C. Cadet of the Year Valeria Alvarado.

John E. Jacobs American Legion Post #68 has long supported the NBHS JROTC and its rifle team. At its April meeting in Leland, Cadet Valeria Alvarado of the North Brunswick High School (NBHS) JROTC, was named American Legion North Carolina Department Cadet of the Year.

cadet Alvarado Commander Fortini

Cadet Valaria Alvarado was born in Orlando, Florida. She attended Dillard Street Elementary, East Garner Elementary, Lincoln Elementary and Leland Middle School and enrolled at NBHS in August 2021. Valaria joined the Scorpion Battalion in the first semester of her freshman year. She has been an active member of the Drill Team, Color Guard, Rifle Team and JLAB Academic Team. Valaria has served as the Battalion S-3 (which is a leadership position). She has earned many ribbons and awards such as the Academic Achievement award and the American Legion Cadet of the Year for the State of North Carolina award. During her tenure in the JROTC, she has achieved the ranks of Private First Class, Corporal, Sergeant First Class and Major and in April of 2024 she assumed the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Sgt Williams Post 68

First Sergeant George Williams continues in his leadership as the NBHS rifle team coach. At the April meeting, Post #68 also recognized Williams for his dedication and leadership in the operation of the JROTC over the last few years. Post #68 membership also hosted a pre-meeting dinner for the Alvarado family and Williams and his wife at Blossoms Restaurant. Alvarado was also a speaker at the meeting.

Cadet Valeria Alvarado’s and the NBHS JROTC Rifle Team’s accomplishments so far this calendar year include:
Won: The Post #68 2024 Oratorical contest and represented us well at the NC District 9 Oratorical Contest.
Won: The Department of NC JROTC Cadet of the Year award.
Captained: The NBHS JROTC Rifle Team to a 4th place finish overall (2nd among Army teams) in the National Competition in Ohio.

NBHS JROTC LTC Allanah Mintz
The skills in performance and leadership were evident in this year’s team’s results: the NBHS JROTC Rifle Team distinguished themselves again at the National Championships in Ohio this year. The team finished 4th nationally of all JROTC units and 1st among Army JROTC units.

At the individual level of the 137 shooters, one NBHS shooter, Liz Dominguez, finished 9th overall (2nd among Army shooters) and Alvarado finished 11th overall (3rd among Army shooters). Alvarado captained the NBHS JROTC Rifle Team to a 4th place finish overall (2nd among Army teams) in the National Competition in Ohio.