Clear Creek Student Earns Highest Ranking in JROTC

By: Sydney Hunt
| Published 02/25/2022

Bryant receiving his promotion honors from his mother, Laura Penrod, and CCISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Eric Williams.

LEAGUE CITY, TX -- Bryant Penrod, a Clear Creek High School senior, was recently promoted to cadet colonel, which is the highest rank a cadet can achieve through the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) program.

Only one cadet is promoted to the rank of cadet colonel in Clear Creek ISD each year. To get to this level, Penrod had to first be chosen as the commander of his school's JROTC program.

“This requires demonstrated knowledge of JROTC class material, competence in Drill and Ceremony, a good GPA, participation in program activities and leadership abilities,” said retired Army Lt. Col. Wendell Harris who is the district coordinator of military science and senior Army instructor.

Commanders from each Clear Creek ISD comprehensive high school then competed in a promotion board where they were tested by a panel of judges. The winner of the board is chosen to be the top cadet and the commander of all the cadets in the district.

“Students who earn this distinction receive a scholarship,” said Harris. “Once this rank and title is earned, it goes in their cadet records which can be used to obtain additional scholarship funds from the military and placement in college-level ROTC, which is the primary route for individuals to become military officers.”

A promotion ceremony was held for Penrod where Harris, his family, Clear Creek High School Principal Jamey Majewski and CCISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Eric Williams were present to celebrate his promotion. Penrod thanked each of them for supporting him in getting to this point and allowing him to follow his passion.