Harlingen, Tx (PRWEB) January 31, 2014
Harlingen Family Dentistry is again sponsoring their annual JROTC The Way to Happiness Program and Scholarship Competition. Applications are now being taken from qualified individuals for the 2014 awards. The competition and awards day at which the winners will be decided will be held later this spring.
The yearly competition awards a total of $6,000 in scholarships to three winners and is provided to them when they register in an institution of higher learning of their choice. The scholarship contestants are drawn from members of local Rio Grande Valley high school JROTC programs. They compete by presenting a 5-8 minute military briefing about activities and programs they have done in the community that exemplify the JROTC Core Values and one or more of the 21 precepts contained in booklet “The Way to Happiness.” Their presentations are judged by prominent members of the military and community.
Last year’s winners were:
Julian Tapia, Harlingen High School, First Place; Andrew Dominguez, Harlingen High School South, Second Place and Yomary Levya, Harlingen High School South, Third Place.
The first place winner Julian spearheaded an “Inspiring Love” project at the Shake it Off Zumba Dance Studio for all the clients’ children, students and JROTC cadets at Harlingen High School. He presented classes on “Take Care of Yourself,” “Love and Help Children,” “Honor and Help your Parents,” “Set a Good Example” and “Try to Treat Others as You Would Want Them to Treat You.” His project started in late October 2012 and ran each first Friday of every month. This project has helped Julian understand the meaning of love and happiness which has changed his whole outlook on life. It has gotten him closer to his family and classmates.
Last year’s judges were Major General Charles G. Rodriguez, Ph.D., Major General Retired, U.S. Army, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Institutional Advancement and Military Affairs, Texas A & M University-San Antonio; Miryam Anderson, Harlingen Police Department Commander, Support Services Division; Colonel Norris Miller Overly, Retired Vietnam veteran and POW; Marsha Kitten, Valley Morning Star Newspaper Marketing Director and Judy Emsley, retired Harlingen CISD Educator, Harlingen High School Science Department Chair and Facilitator at Harlingen High School South.
Those qualified JROTC graduates interested in participating in the competition should contact Gail Thomason of Harlingen Family Dentistry.