Soledad NJROTC was inspected by the U.S. Northwestern Region Area Manager, Navy Captain Daniel Wenceslao. The cadets did really well. For the Personnel Inspection, the Cadet Staff Leadership Team earned a 9.6 out of 10 and the rest of the 161 cadets earned an 8.5 out of 10. This earned Aztec Battalion the Bravo Zulu Award which is a requirement to stay competitive for the end of the year "Distinguished Unit Award". The inspector did make a comment that Soledad NJROTC is one of the five top programs in the Northwestern Region of the United States. Great Job Cadets!



Soledad FFA is off and running for the spring semester. Students are busy with their livestock projects as are advisors. We had a brief visit from our former teacher Mr. Clifford when he dropped off lambs, he is loving retirement. Wednesday night students competed in multiple Monterey Bay Section FFA contests. We had three freshmen compete in the Best Informed GreenHand contest, the team placed second overall: Xochitl Mora, Christina Castorena, Issac Espinoza. We had three students compete in the Cooperative Marketing Contest placing first in the section: Angel Castro, Hailey Higgins, and Kelsey Richardson. We had four students compete in the job interview contest Evelyn Valadez, placing 5th, Alberto Huerta, Jacob Lopez, and Hailey Higgins. While students were competing teachers were working on State FFA Degree scoring. The State FFA Degree is the high degree that can be awarded in the State of California for FFA, students must have a minimum of 500 hours for the projects, invest at minimum $1000, and a plethora of other requirements. Soledad FFA had 11 students earn their state degrees this year. These students will be honored at our Regional Awards ceremony this April at the Arroyo Grande Clark Center.

State Degree Recipients:

Justine Castro

Jennifer Garcia

Natalya Fletes

Samantha Gonzalez

Juana Guerrero

Diana Mendoza

Marcela Perez

Jennifer Pizano

Kelsey Richardson

Joanna Rivera

Caitlan Zamudio

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Over the last two weeks, the Varsity Wrestlers have beat the Gonzales, Greenfield, King City, and Saint Francis Teams! They are one their way to taking the Cypress Division for Wrestling.



Ramon Leyva and Albert Huerta showed good character when they organized their work area without being told after it was left unorganized. This is a perfect example of Be Safe, Be Honorable, Be Scholarly.
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CTE Career Pathway EXPO


The Hartnell dual enrollment program spring classes started this week. The high school offers 7 college courses to our students with about 180, 11th and 12th grade students starting their general education college requirements.

The Incoming 9th Grade Parent Orientation and CTE Career Pathway EXPO was held on Tuesday, January 21. The presentation covered the high school and university requirements, high school expectations, and extracurricular and academic programs. The CTE Career Pathway EXPO featured presentations and demonstrations by students and teachers from the 13 pathways to showcase the programs to parents and students.

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