By Eric Erickson

Como’s Junior ROTC program tops in the region

The Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps at Como Senior High School was established 28 years ago.

Since 1995, thousands of Como students have participated in the program as committed cadets who work to better themselves and their community.

A strong foundation for consistent excellence over many years has resulted in Como being recognized as the top-ranked program for 2023 in Region 4 of the Marine Corps Reserve Association (MCRA). This was a first for the Como Senior High School program.

The MCRA “Eagle Globe and Anchor Award” for Outstanding Unit was announced and celebrated by past and current cadets on Nov. 10 at the annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball.

Region 4 of the MCRA spans 20 states and includes more than 60 other Marine Corps JROTC programs.

Landaverde Guillen is region’s top cadet

Anthony Landaverde Guillen is the Commanding Officer of Como’s JROTC. He was awarded the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement, the highest individual honor in the region.

Criteria include academic class rank in the top five percent, exemplary military leadership and demonstrating leadership in scholastic, community and interscholastic athletic activities.

Landaverde Guillen leads Como’s color guard team along with most of the drill teams, and has volunteered in dozens of school and community events. He’s part of the school’s soccer and wrestling programs and also somehow manages a fast-food restaurant.

“Anthony is a top performer in all our initiatives,” said Sgt. Major James C. Kirkland. “His leadership in and out of the corps is exemplary, inspirational and representative of what all cadets strive to be.”

English students see U.S. Poet Laureate

Suzanne Myhre’s College in the Schools (CIS) Introduction to Literature classes attended a reading by Ada Limón, the 2022 U.S. Poet Laureate, at the University of Minnesota.

Limón read 12 poems from her collection in The Hurting Kind, many of which were previously studied in class. Students received copies of her book and participated in a question-and-answer session.

Robotics fundraiser at Urban Growler

All are welcome to the Urban Growler on Saturday, Jan. 13 from 2 to 6 p.m. for a fundraiser featuring raffle items, a silent auction and two live bands.

Tickets are $20 with proceeds supporting the Cougar robotics program. Participation in robotics at Como is high with 40 students involved this year. 

Eric Erickson teaches social studies at Como Park Senior High School and is a Bugle freelance writer.

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