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Congressman promotes JROTC cadets

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 8, 2016) -- U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko on Friday promoted 19 members of the Sgt. Henry Johnson Battalion Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps in a ceremony at Albany High School.


Tonko also recognized 13 students in the 75-member group for their outstanding academic performance.


Junior ROTC – JROTC for short – is a citizenship and leadership training program offered in to students in high schools throughout the country.  Albany High’s JROTC is named in honor of Sgt. Henry Johnson, who fought in the first African-American unit of the U.S. Army to engage in combat in World War I. He was posthumously awarded a Medal of Honor in 2015.


Students promoted in rank at Friday’s ceremony are:

  • Yvonne Amen, to private

  • Nicholas Boesse, to corporal

  • Yasmine Brown, to private

  • Nicholas Califano, to private first class

  • Raysa Collado, to private

  • Gabrielle Gaudio, to private first class

  • Dehja Grassadonia-Porter, to corporal

  • Khalel Hamlin, to corporal

  • Sydney Hardy, to private

  • Rodwan Hemedan, to private

  • Antonio Lacy, to private first class

  • Meghan Machado, to private

  • Leandra Melendez, to private

  • Seth Montojo, to corporal

  • Jacorey Nixon, to private

  • Naz-Jhonay Plossl, to private

  • Nicholis Rosado, to private first class

  • Cindry Severino, to private

  • Imahjai Sutherland, to private


Students recognized for making principal’s list (having a grade-point average above 90) are:

  • Seth Montojo

  • Irene Nelson

  • Matthew Pickett

  • Sarah Tuzzolo


Students recognized for making honor roll (having a grade-point average above 85) are:

  • Tishawn Austin

  • Malachi Brooks

  • Ayanna Graham

  • Meghan Machado

  • Sydney Hardy

  • Sean McDuffie

  • Shahad Mohammad

  • Josue Ortiz

  • Nicholis Rosado


The program, which officially began in September, is led by Retired Army Maj. David Erickson and Retired Army 1st Sgt. Dennis Palow. Albany High School librarian Kristen Majkut is faculty advisor.


Student leadership includes Sarah Tuzzolo, battalion commander; Matthew Pickett, command sergeant major; and Brandin Simmons, executive officer.    


The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and prepare all students for college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our diverse community. The district serves more than 9,500 students in 17 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students, including four themed academies at Albany High School.


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