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CORTEZ HS RECEIVES UNITED BLOOD SERVICES TOP AWARD FOR BLOOD DONATIONS      High School Students Serving the Community      On October 1, 2018, Cortez Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC), on behalf of Cortez High School, accepted the coveted top honor, the platinum award from United Blood Services of Arizona.  The NJROTC unit assumed coordination of campus blood drives last year and since their involvement, the cadets have been instrumental for a significant increase in donor participation.      The Cortez NJROTC Blood Drive Committee received the platinum award for 60% or more participation of the senior class within their school division during the 2017-2018 school year.  Among all the Glendale Union High School District schools who participated in the United Blood Services High School Challenge, Cortez had the highest percentage of donors.        The United Blood Services High School Blood Drive Challenge helps Arizona’s youngest blood donors make an impact within their community by supporting blood donation.  Approximately one in every six blood transfusions comes from a high school blood donor.  This places Cortez High School in an elite group of exceptional volunteers.  Bravo Zulu cadets and many thanks to all the donors!  
Posted by Daniel Vass  On Oct 01, 2018 at 2:07 PM
  
     On September 25, 2018, forty-seven cadets from the Cortez High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) visited Arizona State University’s School of Earth Science & Space Exploration (SESE).  The field trip provided exposure to “real-world” scientific exploration and offered powerful insight for an education or career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The students toured the 300,000 sq ft. SESE’s Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building, which houses exhibit galleries, research clean rooms, the Mars Space Flight Facility, NASA Mars Science Laboratory, and a 3-D planetarium. Additionally, the students’ field trip included: -Exploration Systems Engineering.The students learned about the ASU’s collaboration with NASA using innovative technology in various space exploration programs at the Mars Space Flight Facility, such as the Mars rover programs that are analyzing the geology and mineral components of the Martian planet.In addition, exploration of our moon continues today with the impending launch of the Lunar Polar Hydrogen Mapper, an ASU-developed, lunar orbiter the size of a cereal box designed to look for traces of hydrogen, a key component of water. -Center for Meteorite Studies, which has the largest university-based meteorite collection in the world, second only to the Smithsonian Institute’s collection.       The highlight of the field trip was a spectacular 60-minute 3-D astronomy show in the university’s Marston Exploration Theater.   The narrated presentation provided a virtual excursion of our solar system and the outer limits of our universe, chronicling images and exploration not from a traditional earth’s perspective, but rather from a space- borne perspective. ​
Posted by Daniel Vass  On Sep 26, 2018 at 3:09 PM
  
For the second consecutive year, the Cortez Colt NJROTC Corps of Cadets has been awarded the second highest award a unit can achieve.  The Unit Achievement Award for the 2012-2013 School Year was presented at the annual NJROTC Awards Ceremony which was held this past May in the Cortez High School Theater.  Each Cadet was then presented with either the Unit Achievement Ribbon or a bronze star to indicate the second award.  
Posted by Guest  On Aug 09, 2013 at 11:30 AM 17 Comments
  
On Saturday, October 27, 2012, the Cortez NJROTC Academic Team competed in the College Options Brain Brawl at Moon Valley High School.  This was the first College Options format for an academic competition that was held in Arizona.  The format differs from the NJROTC Academic Brain Brawl competitions in that the questions and answers that were used included materials from the SAT and ACT college entrance examination prep courses.  Moon Valley NJRTOC won the event as they also travelled to Washington D.C. to represent Area 11 in the National College Options academic competition this past summer.  More information regarding the college options foundation and the associated academic competitions can be found at the College Options website at the following URL:
http://www.collegeoptionsfoundation.net/ .
Posted by Guest  On Nov 26, 2012 at 2:36 PM
  
 On Sunday, 25 November 2012, the Cortez High School NJROTC Color Guard took the field prior to the Cardinals vs. Rams game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Ms. Holly Kirkland-Lindbergh from Chandler, Arizona performed the National Anthem and then posed with the color guard prior to the opening kick-off. The game was won by the Rams 31.-17.
Posted by Guest  On Nov 26, 2012 at 2:35 PM
  
At the monthly meeting of the Phoenix Military Family Support Group (Blue Star Moms), some of the Cortez Cadets of Navajo descent had the rare opportunity to meet and speak with a World War Two Navajo Codetalker. Joe H. Kellwood also thrilled the audience by singing the Marine Corps Hymn in his native Navajo tongue. Read more about Joe and his experiences in his biography posted on the Cortez NJROTC Google Website at https://sites.google.com/a/guhsdaz.org/cortez-high-school-navy-jrotc/contact.  The Blue Star Moms meet on the last Wedensday of every month to pack card packages for our troops that are defending our great nation overseas.
Posted by Guest  On Sep 27, 2012 at 4:19 PM
  
This past Saturday, the Cortez Colts NJROTC Academic Team took fourth place in the annual "Prospector Academic Brain Brawl" at Apache Junction High School. The Team comprised of first year Cadet Alex Hernandez, second year Cadet Rita Vasquez, third year Cadet Andrew Flath, fourth year Cadet Joseph Fereti and team commander Cadet Michael Coffee outscored the Glendale High School NJROTC team in the first round and the Sahuarita High School NJROTC team in the second round to advance to the finals. The Colts were outscored in the final round by the always tough Greenway Demon team. As a result of their performance, the Colts walked away sporting finalist medals which can be seen on the Videos and Pictures page of this website. This was a much improved performance over last year's competition in which the Colts finished in last place. Congratulations Colts!!
Posted by Guest  On Sep 27, 2012 at 4:17 PM
  
Hot on the heels of winning the Area Manager's Award for 2011, the Cortez High School NJROTC Unit was awarded the 2012 Unit Achievement Award by the Area Manager, Commander Ken Liles, USN(Retired). This is the first such award that Cortez has recieved in four years. The Cadets enrolled in the NJRTOC Unit were recognized for their participation and community service throughout the past school year. The Company of Cadets at Cortez achieved over 1,000 hours of community service and school support which was the equivalent of 87 percent of the total such hours achieved by the entire student body at Cortez. Additionally, 54 percent of the Company of Cadets earned the Physical Fitness challenge ribbon which is double the national average of 27 percent. The Unit Achievement Award is second only to the Distinguished Unit award and was presented at the annual awards ceremony in May 2012.
Posted by Guest  On Sep 27, 2012 at 4:11 PM
  
Cadet Yvette Zotigh was selected by a panel of her peers as Cadet of the Month for August 2012.  The Panel comprised of Platoon Leaders and the Cadet Command Master Chief selected Zotigh for her outstanding participation and support of the Navy JROTC Unit at Cortez High School during the month of August.  Zotigh was instrumental in school registration efforts at the beginning of the school year, coordinating the Cortez "Open House" for parents and community members, participation in football support as a member of the chain-gang and her participation in "Blue Star Moms" community service.  Her selection awards her the red agulette which will be worn on the left shoulder during uniform "Wednesdays" throughout the school year.  Congratulations Miss ZotIgh on your well deserved selection!  
Posted by Guest  On Sep 24, 2012 at 10:11 PM
  
This past Saturday, the Cortez Colts NJROTC Academic Team took fourth place in the annual "Prospector Academic Brain Brawl" at Apache Junction High School.  The Team comprised of first year Cadet Alex Hernandez, second year Cadet Rita Vasquez, third year Cadet Andrew Flath, fourth year Cadet Joseph Fereti and team commander Cadet Michael Coffee outscored the Glendale High School NJROTC team in the first round and the Sahuarita High School NJROTC team in the second round to advance to the finals.  The Colts were outscored in the final round by the always tough Greenway Demon team.  As a result of their performance, the Colts walked away sporting finalist medals which can be seen on the Videos and Pictures page of this website.  This was a much improved performance over last year's competition in which the Colts finished in last place.  Congratulations Colts!!
Posted by Guest  On Sep 24, 2012 at 10:10 PM
  
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