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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