Two JROTC students from Santa Cruz County have been awarded scholarships by the Green Valley Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).
Cadet/Col. Diego Olea of Nogales High School and Cadet/Capt. Paola Palafox of Rio Rico High School each received a scholarship for $1,500, with the check being mailed to the school of the winner’s choice.
According to a news release from the MOAA chapter, Olea joined the Air Force JROTC program at NHS when he was in the ninth grade and rose through the ranks during his four years in high school.
Following graduation, he plans to attend the University of Arizona, where he’ll major in business management and administration, and minor in military science.
As a member of the UA ROTC program, the news release said, Olea hopes to obtain a commission in the U.S. Army upon graduation.
A member of the RRHS Army JROTC program for four years, Palafox served as the S-2 (intelligence officer) for the Hawk Battalion during her senior year.
“Throughout high school, she managed to maintain high grades as well as give back to the community through several volunteer projects,” the MOAA chapter said, adding that she plans to major in early childhood development at Eastern Arizona College with the goal of working with adolescents after graduation.