DALLAS, Texas–Junior ROTC cadets from ILTexas Garland High School (GHS) received certificates of achievement from Texas Senator Nathan Johnson at his central office in Dallas on  Friday, July 29.

The students were recognized for representing their school and the state of Texas at the JROTC Leadership & Academic Bowl (JLAB) national competition in Washington D.C. which was held June 19-28. The cadets in attendance were rising sophomore Joy Okunade, and rising seniors Eryn Jeon and James Tran. 

The students listened to Johnson as he described details of his journey into politics and some of his duties in his role as a senator. The students also got to share more about ILTexas and what they learn while students at the school.

“It's absolutely fantastic to have a senator recognize the amazing work that these students have been doing,” said ILTexas GHS Principal Karen Marx. “They worked incredibly hard all year long for their accomplishments and to have that recognized was amazing.” 

For Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Fears, the cadets getting the opportunity to meet the Senator was a great learning experience. 

“They came [to the senator’s office] with the opportunity not only to meet him, but also learn about what you do as a state senator,” he said, adding that “it was a great event and we really appreciate the opportunity to come out here.”

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