CHS Senior Receives $180,000 Scholarship

Senior Jonathan Sanchez Receives $180,000 Scholarship


As the school year comes to an end, one CHS senior is particularly excited for his future. Senior Jonathan Sanchez decided to enlist as a Marine, and he was offered a $180,000 scholarship by the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC).

“Besides the Naval Academy, NROTC is the best program to train officers,” Sanchez said. “I’m really looking forward to it.”

Sanchez sent the application Jan. 29 and didn’t receive any feedback until Mar. 21.

“It was a long time of just waiting,” Sanchez said. “It was very nerve wracking.”

Along with an application, Sanchez was required to do an interview with an officer from Colorado over the phone.

“I felt like if I said something wrong it would just go really bad, so I had to make sure I was truthful and positive,” Sanchez said. “The officer was asking about my personality, and I would use what Coach Wood [Sanchez’s wrestling coach] would call a positive mental attitude.”

Sanchez plans to move to Nebraska for college and major in French, after which he plans to go into the Marine Corps.

“The minimum is five or six years,” Sanchez said, “My plan is to go 20 years and make a career out of it.”

This scholarship will pay for his college career and train Sanchez to become a Naval Officer in the Marine Corps or Navy.

Sanchez is looking forward to becoming a good leader for people around him.

“I really look forward to being a leader who everyone would want to be around,” Sanchez said. “I want to be a leader that I would want to be led by.”

His recruiter, Sergeant Dommer, friends, family, and others in the Cody community such as CHS counselor Karen Day, have helped Sanchez reach his goal.

“My parents were really big on making sure I was doing everything right and making sure it was really what I wanted to do,” Sanchez said. “They’re really excited and happy I have a secure future.”

A big influence for Sanchez throughout this process was his brother PFC David Plummer.

“I know how hard he has worked and how many hours of frustration, worries and dedication he put towards getting it, and now his dream came true,” Plummer said. “I couldn’t be more proud of him.”

Plummer joined the Marine Corps in Aug. 2017 and was later promoted to a Private First Class Marine Feb. 1, 2018.

“I know he’s going to make the best of it and put every ounce of himself into this,” Plummer said.