ROTC Cadet Sonia I. Ortiz was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army in a ceremony hosted by Northwestern State University’s Department of Military Science. Ortiz is a recent graduate of NSU where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice with a concentration and certification in pre-law and paralegal studies. She will commission with the Chemical Corps of the U.S. Army. After attending Chemical Basic Officer Leadership Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, she will be assigned to Fort Hood, Texas. She is the first female military member and the first Army officer in her family.
Ortiz is a 2013 graduate of Oberlin High School. She earned a two-year scholarship after joining the Demon Battalion in 2015 and attended Cadet Initial Entry Training and Advanced Camp and served as the Battalion’s S-3 and executive officer. During her time with the Battalion, she was vice president and president of the Cadet Fund and chairman of the Demon Battalion Homecoming Committee.
Also at NSU, Ortiz was involved with Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society, KNWD Radio, Demon Athletics Foundation, NSU Rowing Crew and the NSU Spanish Club where she served as founding president. She is a member of Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity where she participated in intramurals and served as a Gamma Chi Formal Recruitment Counselor.