A Kentucky State University student has ascended to the second-highest ranking position in the Army ROTC Wildcat Battalion, which consists of seven colleges and universities.

Paola Flores, a senior biology major, was recently selected as the battalion executive officer. The Wildcat Battalion consists of the University of Kentucky, Centre College, Asbury University, Georgetown College, Midway University, Transylvania University and Kentucky State.

“I was among the top-5 cadets in our battalion,” Flores said. “I believe this is the first time a student from Kentucky State was selected for this position. I’m basically the second-in-command, serving as the right hand for our battalion commander. I’m also in charge of our staff.”

Flores also recently learned she received her first choice for active duty.

“I got active duty and will serve in the medical services branch,” Flores said. “Besides getting my first choice, I’ll be a distinguished military graduate (DMG), which means I’m in the top 20 percent of the cadets in the nation that will commission this year in the Army.”

Despite the accolades, Flores said her work at Kentucky State is not finished yet.

“My goal this semester is to finish school with a 4.00 GPA,” Flores said “Also, I want to help recruit more people so we can increase our ROTC program. I want to help our MS3 (junior class) prepare for cadet summer training and be successful.”