Burleson ISD Air Force JROTC TX-801st Receives “Exceeds Standards” on Evaluation

Students Achieve Highest Rating Possible

BURLESON, Texas (Feb. 28, 2017) – Burleson Independent School District (BISD) Air Force JROTC students receive “Exceeds Standards” on their unit evaluation from Headquarters Air Force JROTC on February 23, 2017. “Exceeds Standards” is the highest rating students can achieve during Unit Evaluation, which occurs once every three years.


This milestone achievement allows students to be eligible for the Distinguished Unit Award with Merit Ribbon that will be announced in June.   


Regional Director, retired Major Donald Bailey, evaluated students on eight sections, including  Administration, Compliance, Instructor Performance, Equipment Management, Co-Curricular Activities, Cadet Operations, Unit Operations, and a Director’s Special Interest Section. All 126 cadets were inspected by Major Bailey in a mass formation.


Top Performer Awards were given to Cadet Colonel Nicole McDade, Cadet Colonel Elizabeth Webb, and Cadet Lt Colonel Hayley Starks. Major Bailey received a briefing from the Top 6 cadets, met with Burleson High School Principal Wayne Leek, counselors, instructors and cadets in this head to toe comprehensive program evaluation.


“Less than 10% of the units he evaluates each year are awarded this highest rating,” said Lt Col Walter Blankenship.  “It is reserved for students who are truly at the top of their game.”


Major Bailey admitted that he grades harder than any other Regional Director and that he has only given out Exceeds Standards to five other units this school year.



Burleson Independent School District serves more than 11,000 students at 16 campuses, and is recognized as a premier school district in the Dallas/Fort Worth-area. The mission of Burleson Independent School District is to engage and support every learner with a rigorous curriculum so that they graduate college and career ready.



Mikala Hill or Katelyn Tyler

Burleson ISD Communications