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Post-high school life of Tinian High School Class of 2018 alumna Mariah Cruz

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TINIAN — In May of 2018, Mariah Cruz graduated from Tinian Jr./Sr. High School, ranking at number 3 in the Top 10 of her class.

Mariah Cruz

Fresh out of high school, Cruz decided to attend the University of California, Berkeley, where she is now a second-year student. There, she is majoring in Business and Pre-Law and minoring in Political Science and Theater. While attending college, she is interning for a prestigious law firm and the world’s most popular networking site, Facebook.

During her time in Tinian Jr./Sr. High School, Cruz was tremendously active in JROTC. She was an enthusiastic and diligent cadet. In her junior year, she became the Operations and Training Officer or S3. Her devotion and amazing work ethic towards the JROTC program earned her the position of Battalion Executive Officer of the TJSHS Stallion Battalion during her senior year. Furthermore, she graduated with the rank of Cadet Major, and was also a part of the Unarmed Drill Team that won 1st place in the MSU Drill Competition in 2018 and went to California for the Golden Bear Competition, where they won 2nd place out of fifty schools.

Looking back on her high school years, Cruz recalled her experience in JROTC being worthwhile because of the cadets she worked with. “I’ve learned so much as a person and as a leader,” states Cruz, “Without the cadets around me, there wouldn’t have been such an experience.”

She continues on, praising her instructors, “I especially thank the instructors who continue to work hard and push the cadets to go beyond their potential.”

To current and future cadets, Cruz gives these words of advice: Enjoy being in JROTC while you can. Do not do it because it will look good on your résumé; do it for the experience.

Great words of wisdom, Mariah! The Stallion Battalion is pleased to know that you are doing quite well in college and we wish you the best in all of your future endeavors.

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