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Austin, El Paso High JROTC cadets participate in U.S. Army race

EPHS JROTC runners  Austin JROTC runners

(EL PASO INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT Oct. 14, 2019) — JROTC cadets from two EPISD schools were in the nation’s capital this weekend representing El Paso in the 35th annual U.S. Army Ten-Miler, one of the world’s largest military-sponsored race events.

Nine students from Austin and El Paso high schools traveled to the Washington, D.C., area to participate in the race this weekend. They were among the more than 35,000 runners that participated in the race.

“This is the fourth year that EPISD students represent El Paso in this important race,” said SGM Velton Locklear, an assistant with EPISD’s JROTC programs. “We are proud to have some of our cadets demonstrate the strength of our programs at a national level.”

The cadets were the only students from El Paso to participate.

The participating cadets from Austin were Jared Alonso, Josue Caballero, Abigail Castro, Daniel Castro and Diego Rodriguez. The El Paso High cadets participating were Christina Acosta, Quejon Frias-Merritt, Elias Palomares and Isabella Ramirez.  

The cadets were joined by their instructors, 1SG Anthony Dinkins from Austin and CSM Danford Elliott from El Paso High.

Congratulations to all runners! HOOAH!

By Gustavo Reveles
Photos by EPISD JROTC