NSSAR ROTC - JROTC Previous Winners Honor Legion

 

ROTC/JROTC Honor Legion


The Sons of the American Revolution are direct descendants of those patriots that achieved the independence of the American people.  The objectives of our organization are intended to perpetuate a more profound reverence for the principles of the government founded by our forefathers.

Such were the ideals of Captain Alden Partridge, who is considered the founder of the Reserve Officer Training Corps program in the United States.  He founded the ROTC because his father, Samuel Partridge, a Soldier of the Revolution had concern for the newly founded United States and its lacking a development resource for qualified military officers.

SAR supports all programs that encourage historical research, foster true patriotism, and maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom. We strongly support the United States ROTC/JROTC as exemplary programs of these ideals.


            


 

SAR Honor Legion Recipients

 

 Class of Commander (1st Place)

Vice Commander

(2nd Place)

Adjutant

(3rd Place)

Special Honorable Mention
2013 AJROTC Cadet Lt. Colonel Victoria Offei-Dua
Huntsville High School, Huntsville, AL
sponsors:  Tennessee Valley Chapter, Alabama Society
AFJROTC Cadet Captain Hayden Andre
Winston Churchill High School, San Antonio, TX
sponsors:  San Antonio Chapter, Texas Society
NJROTC Ensign David Huck
Pendleton High School, Falmouth, KY
sponsors:  Kentucky Society
  
2012 AFJROTC Cadet Major Jared Reese
Cypress Ridge High School, Houston, TX
sponsors:  Robert Rankin Chapter, Texas Society
AFJROTC Cadet Lt. Colonel Emily Leddin
Lincoln-Way West High School, New Lenox, IL
sponsors:  Fox Valley Chapter, Illinois Society
AJROTC Cadet Major Brandon Pippin
Soddy Daisy High School
sponsors:  John Sevier Chapter, Tennessee Society
  
2011 AFJROTC Cadet Major Jared Reese
sponsors:  Texas Society
AFJROTC Cadet Lt. Colonel Emily Leddin
sponsors:  Illinois Society
AJROTC Cadet Major Brandon Pippin
sponsors:  Tennessee Society
NJROTC Ensign Amy Rodriguez
sponsors:  Georgia Society
2010 AFJROTC Cadet Lt Col Sierra McVeigh
Eustis High School, Lake Sumter, FL
sponsors:  Lake Sumter Chapter, Florida Society
AJROTC Cadet Captain Joshua Hameier
Delsea Regional High School
sponsors:  South Jersey Chapter, New Jersey Society
NJROTC Ensign Nick Damraksa
Bethel High School
sponsors:  Ebenezer Baldwin Chapter, Connecticut Society
AFJROTC Cadet Master Sergeant Jacob Cable
Newnan High School
sponsors:  Marquis de Lafayette Chapter, Georgia Society
2009 AJROTC Cadet Captain Wesley J. Althaus
Red Bank High School, Chattanooga, TN
sponsors:  John Sevier Chapter, Chattanooga, TN, Tennessee Society
AFJROTC Cadet 2nd Lt. Heather Wilhelm
Wylie High School, Wylie, TX
sponsors:  Piney Woods Chapter, Texas Society
AFJROTC Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Thomas Treat
Sandy Creek High School, Tyrone, GA
sponsors:  Marquis de Lafayette Chapter, Georgia Society
AJROTC Cadet Sergeant Major Jacob Brooks
Century High School, Sykesville, MD
sponsors:  Westminster Chapter, Maryland Society
2008 AJROTC Cadet Major Amber Johnson
Carver Military Academy, Chiago, IL
sponsors:  Fort Dearborn, Chiago, IL, Illinois Society
AJROTC Cadet Major Joseph Gribb
Cedar Cliff High School, Camp Hill. PA
sponsors:  Sponsors:Harris Ferry Chapter, Pennesylvania Society
AJROTC Cadet Captain Thomas McKenna
Crosby High School, Waterbury, CT
sponsors:  Rev. Ebenezer Baldwin Chapter, Connecticut Society
AJROTC Cadet 1st Sergeant Cody Zoschak
Army and Navy Academy, Carlsbad, CA
sponsors:  San Diego Chapter, California Society
2007 JROTC Cadet Capt. Stephen Bryant
Clinton High School in Clinton, SC
sponsors:  Cambridge Chapter, of Clinton, SC, SCSSAR
JROTC Cadet Lt. Col. Mark H. Freeman
New Caney High School, New Caney, TX
sponsors:  Sponsors:Piney Woods Chapter #51, TXSSAR
JROTC Cadet Major Marquinta Winding
Glen Oaks High Senior High School, Baton Rouge, LA
sponsors:  Gen. Philemon Thomas Chapter,of Baton Rouge, LA, LASSAR
JROTC Cadet Major Angela Crumdy
Harry P. Harding University H. S., Charlotte, NC
sponsors:  Mecklenburg Chapter, NCSSAR
2006 JROTC Cadet, Cadet Major Jacob R. Cook
Belaire High School in Baton Rouge, LA
sponsors:  General Philemon Thomas Chapter of Baton Rouge, LA, and the Louisiana Society
JROTC Captain Tatiana M. Kish
Winters Mill High School in Westminster, Maryland
sponsors:  Westminster Chapter and the Maryland Society
JROTC Major Megan L. Williams
Brandon High School in Brandon, MS
sponsors:  the Mississippi Society
JROTC Cadet James N. Greydanus
Union HS, Grand Rapids, Michigan
sponsors:  West Michigan Chapter and the Michigan Society
2005 AFJROTC Major Michael R. Calkins
Technology and Leadership Academy of Gilbert, Arizona
sponsors:  Palo Verde Chapter, Arizona Society
NJROTC Commander Colin Cote
Bethel High School, Bethel, Connecticut
sponsors:  Rev. Ebenezer Baldwin Chapter, Connecticut Society
AFJROTC Captain Bethany M. Parker
Lexington H.S., Lexington, Tennessee
sponsors:  James Madison Chapter, Tennessee Society
MCJROTC Sergeant Major Christopher Clawson
Apopka H.S., Apopka, Florida
sponsors:  Central Florida Chapter, Florida Society
2004 AFJROTC Cadet Major Amanda M. Howard
Tecumseh High School, New Carlisle, OH
sponsors:  George Rogers Clark Chapter and the Ohio Society
JROTC Cadet Captain Josefina Zavala
Martin High School, Laredo, TX
sponsors:  Laredo Chapter and the Texas Society
JROTC Cadet Major Alanna Ocampo
New Britain High School, New Britain, CT
sponsors:  Rev. Ebenezer Baldwin Chapter and the Connecticut Society
 
2003 JROTC Cadet Captain
Patrick Fourroux
Belaire High School
Baton Rouge, LA
sponsors:  General Philemon Thomas Chapter and the Louisiana Society
JROTC Cadet Captain Cody T. Mitchell
North Central High School, Kershaw, SC
sponsors:  General Thomas Sumter Chapter and the South Carolina Society
AFJROTC Cadet Lt. Colonel Andrew Schaffer
Highland High School, Gilbert, AZ
sponsors:  Palo Verde Chapter and the Arizona Society
JROTC Cadet Captain Jonathan R. Sherr
White Station High School, Memphis, TN
sponsors:  Isaac Shelby Chapter and the Tennessee Society
2002 JROTC Cadet Lt. Col. Jonathan Coward
Crescent City Sr. High School
Crescent City, FL
sponsors:   St. Augustine Chapter and the Florida Society.
AFJROTC Cadet Major Julian Thomas Raymond
Dutch Fork High School, Irmo, SC
sponsors:  Col. Thomas Taylor Chapter and the South Carolina Society
AFJROTC Cadet Colonel Jennifer M. Shahan
North Side High School, Jackson, TN
sponsors:  James Madison Chapter and the Tennessee Society
 
2001 JROTCCadet LtCol
Kayln Eidschun
Westover High School
Fayetteville, NC
sponsors:  Marquis de Lafayette Chapter and North Carolina Society
JROTC Cadet Captain Jonathan A. Bowlby
Zachary High School, Zachary, LA
sponsors:  General Philemon Thomas Chapter and the Louisiana Society
JROTC Cadet Captain Kathleen D. Mahan
Camden High School, Camden, SC
sponsors:  General Thomas Sumter Chapter and the South Carolina Society
AFJROTC Cadet Captain Courtney L. Karasko
Derby High School, Derby, KS
sponsors:  Washington Chapter and the Kansas Society
2000 JROTC Cadet Major Nicholas J. Downing
Wuerzburg American High School
Wuerzburg, Germany
sponsors:  NSSAR ROTC/JROTC Committee and Capt. Dennis J. Hickey (VA) NSSAR liaison to the Department of Defense Dependant School District
JROTC Cadet Captain Roman Edmunds
Oliver High School, Pittsburgh, PA
sponsors:  Pittsburgh Chapter and the Pennsylvania Society
NJROTC Cadet Ensign Seth Lawson
Fulton High School, Knoxville, TN
sponsors:  Stephen Holston Chapter and the Tennessee Society
 
1999 JROTC Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Anthony B. Aguilar
Robert E. Lee High School, San Antonio, TX
sponsor:  The San Antonio Chapter and the Texas Society
JROTC Cadet Captain Nicholas J. Downing
Wuerzburg American High School l, Wuerzburg, Germany
sponsor:  NSSAR ROTC/JROTC Committee
NJROTC Cadet Lieutenant (J.G.) Diana L. Mutz
Cary High School, Cary, North Carolina
sponsor:  Raleigh Chapter and the North Carolina Society
NJROTC Cadet Ensign Justin Lee Carrano
Easley High School, Easley, SC
sponsor:  General Andrew Pickens Chapter and the South Carolina Society
1998 NJROTC Battalion Commander Rosalyn Pham
Bremerton High School, Bremerton, Washington
sponsor:  The Alexander Hamilton Chapter and the Washington Society
JROTC Cadet Lizett Lozano
Thomas A. Edison High School, San Antonio, Texas
sponsor:  The San Antonio Chapter and the Texas Society
JROTC Cadet Berthea Grace Hampton
North Central High School, Kershaw, South Carolina
sponsor:  The General Thomas Sumter Chapter and the South Carolina Society
 

These young men and women are the past winners of the ROTC / JROTC program of the SAR.  Click on a year to see the full list for that year.


 

            

NSSAR JROTC Honor Legion for 2007

 

NSSAR JROTC Honor Legion for 2007

LTC Renaldo J. Hamilton, Chairman NSSAR ROTC/JROTC Committee


The National Society Sons of the American Revolution is pleased to announce the NSSAR JROTC Legion of Honor for 2007.  This is the tenth publication of this annual recognition.  All of the competing cadets were selected by their sponsoring state as the outstanding cadet of that society.   Again this year 16 cadets competed for the title with the promise of more states joining in next year. The program continues to be sustained by states that support the Youth and future leaders of our Nation.

 

2007 ROTC - JRTOC Winner

Cadet Capt. Stephen Bryant, NSSAR President General White and

JROTC Committee Chairman Hamilton following the presentation of his awards.


The NSSAR Outstanding Cadet of the Nation for 2007 is:

Commander:

JROTC Cadet,Cadet Capt. Stephen Bryant
Clinton High School in Clinton, SC
Sponsors:Cambridge Chapter, of Clinton, SC, SCSSAR

Vice Commander:
JROTC Cadet Lt. Col. Mark H. Freeman
New Caney High School, New Caney, TX
Sponsors:Piney Woods Chapter #51, TXSSAR

Adjutant:
JROTC Cadet Major Marquinta Winding
Glen Oaks High Senior High School, Baton Rouge, LA
Sponsors: Gen. Philemon Thomas Chapter,of Baton Rouge, LA, LASSAR

Special Honorable Mention:
JROTC Cadet Major Angela Crumdy
Harry P. Harding University H. S., Charlotte, NC
Sponsors:Mecklenburg Chapter, NCSSAR



Other members of the Honor Legion Class of 2007 are (listed alphabetically by state):


AFJROTC Chief MSGT Amanda Schneider
sponsor:   California Society.

JROTC Cadet Master Sgt. Zuleyma Molina
sponsor:   Connecticut Society.

AFJROTC Cadet 2d. Lt. Tezdy Hernandez
sponsors:  Florida Society.

JROTC Cadet Command SGT. Maj.Adrienne D. Hastings
sponsors:  Georgia Society

NJROTC Cadet CPO Miranda Jasinski
sponsors:  Illinois Society.

NJROTC Cadet LT. Kemry Coleman
sponsors:  Maryland Society

NJROTC Cadet Lt. JG Kristen Stearns
sponsors:  Maine Society.

JROTC Cadet Capt. John Zoppina
sponsors:  New Jersey Society

MCROTC Cadet Capt. Cayla R. Blevins
sponsors:  Ohio Society.

JROTC Cadet 1st Lt. Jason Potts
sponsors:  Pennsylvania Society

JROTC Cadet Maj. Kayla Summers
sponsors:   Tennessee Society.

AFJROTC Cadet 1st Lt. Dennis " Trent" Smith
sponsors:  Utah Society


            

NSSAR JROTC Honor Legion for 2006

 

 

NSSAR JROTC Honor Legion for 2006

LTC Joe E. Harris Jr., Chairman NSSAR ROTC/JROTC Committee

The National Society Sons of the American Revolution is pleased to announce the NSSAR JROTC Legion of Honor for 2006.  This is the ninth publication of this annual recognition.  All of the competing cadets were selected by their sponsoring state as the outstanding cadet of that society.   Again this year 16 cadets competed for the title with the promise of more states joining in next year. The program continues to be sustained by states that support the Youth and future leaders of our Nation.



The NSSAR Outstanding Cadet of the Nation for 2006 is:


JROTC Major Jacob R. Cook
Belaire High School in Baton Rouge, LA.
He is sponsored by the General Philemon Thomas Chapter of Baton Rouge, LA, and the Louisiana Society.

Vice Commander:
JROTC Captain Tatiana M. Kish
Winters Mill High School in Westminster, Maryland.
She is sponsored by Westminster Chapter and the Maryland Society.

Adjutant:
JROTC Major Megan L. Williams
Brandon High School in Brandon, MS.
She is sponsored by the Mississippi Society.

Special Honorable Mention:
JROTC Cadet James N. Greydanus
Union HS, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
He is sponsored by the West Michigan Chapter and the Michigan Society.



Other members of the Class of 2006 are (listed alphabetically):


AFJROTC Cadet Captain Keytek Braughler
Marion Center High School, Marion Center, PA
sponsors:  General Arthur St. Clair Chapter and the Pennsylvania Society.

MCJROTC Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Tanya Capper
Apopka High School, Apopka, FL
sponsors:  Central Florida Chapter and the Florida Society.

MCJROTC Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Sean M. Gatewood
Springfield South High School, Springfield, OH
sponsors:  George Rogers Clark Chapter and the Ohio Society.

JROTC Cadet Captain Mitchell L. Hastings
Walhalla High School, Walhalla, SC
sponsors:  A. Pickens Chapter and the South Carolina Society

JROTC Cadet Command Sergeant Major Stephen Hoxworth
John B. Alexander High School, Laredo, TX
sponsors:  Laredo Chapter and the Texas Society.

AFJROTC Cadet Captain Edgar A. Leathers
Gilbert Public Schools Technology and Leadership Academy, Gilbert, AZ
sponsors:  Palo Verde Chapter and the Arizona Society

JROTC Cadet Captain Zachary M. McBride
Delsea Regional High School, Franklinville, NJ
sponsors:  South Jersey Chapter and the New Jersey Society.

AFJROTC Cadet Captain Elizabeth A. Owens
Terry Sanford High School, Fayetteville, NC
sponsors:  Le Marquis de Lafayette Chapter and the North Carolina Society

AFROTC Cadet Captain Kyle Palmer
Clearfield High School, Clearfield, UT
sponsors:  Utah Society.

NJROTC Cadet Lieutenant Aaron Varnadoe
East Hall High School, Gainesville, GA
sponsors:  Lyman Hall Chapter and the Georgia Society

JROTC Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Vu
White Station High School, Memphis, TN
sponsors:  Isaac Shelby Chapter and the Tennessee Society.


JROTC Cadet Sergeant First Class Kristene Welch
New Britain High School, New Britain, CT
sponsors:  Rev Ebenezer Baldwin Chapter and the Connecticut Society

NSSAR JROTC Honor Legion for 2005

 

 

NSSAR JROTC Honor Legion for 2005

LTC Joe E. Harris Jr., Chairman NSSAR ROTC/JROTC Committee




The National Society Sons of the American Revolution is pleased to announce the NSSAR JROTC Legion of Honor for 2005.  This is the eighth publication of this annual recognition.  All of the competing cadets were selected by their sponsoring state as the outstanding cadet of that society.   This year 16 cadets competed for the title making this competition the largest on record.

 

2005 ROTC - JROTC Winner

NSSAR President General McCarl presented the NSSAR Outstanding JROTC Cadet, AFJROTC Cadet Major Michael R. Calkins,

his certificate and the Gold JROTC Medalion.


The NSSAR Outstanding Cadet of the Nation for 2005 is:
AFJROTC Major Michael R. Calkins
Technology and Leadership Academy of Gilbert, Arizona
He is sponsored by the Palo Verde Chapter, AZSSAR.

Vice Commander:
NJROTC Commander Colin Cote
Bethel High School, Bethel, Connecticut
sponsors:  Rev. Ebenezer Baldwin Chapter, Connecticut Society

Adjutant:
AFJROTC Captain Bethany M. Parker
Lexington H.S., Lexington, Tennessee
sponsors:  James Madison Chapter, Tennessee Society

Special Honorable Mention:
MCJROTC Sergeant Major Christopher Clawson
Apopka H.S., Apopka, Florida
sponsors:  Central Florida Chapter, Florida Society



Other members of the Class of 2005 are (listed alphabetically):


AFJROTC Cadet Staff Sergeant Ashley L. Benton
Baldwin County High School, Bay Minette, AL
sponsors:  General Galvez Chapter and the Alabama Society

JROTC Cadet Captain Joseph Buckley
Tara High School, Baton Rouge, LA
sponsors:  Gen. Philemon Thomas Chapter and the Louisiana Society

JROTC Cadet Captain Mark Clauss
Riverside High School, Riverside, NJ
sponsors:  South Jersey Chapter and the New Jersey Society

JROTC Cadet Cmd Sergeant Major Matthew D. Dean
Red Land High School, York County, PA
sponsors:  Harris Ferry Chapter and the Pennsylvania Society

NJROTC Cadet Lieutenant Commander Kenneth Endicott
Greenville Senior High School, Greenville, SC
sponsors:  Up-State Chapter and the South Carolina Society

JROTC Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Emily L. Horton
East Rowan High School, Salisbury, NC
sponsors:  Salisbury Chapter and the North Carolina Society

AFJROTC Cadet Master Sergeant Tenise Leedom
Clearfield High School, Clearfield, UT
sponsors:  Utah Society

NJROTC Cadet Lieutenant JG Maynard Malixi
Salem High School, Virginia Beach, VA
sponsors:  Norfolk Chapter and the Virginia Society

NJROTC Cadet 3rd Class Petty Officer Katie Lynne Middleton
White Cloud High School, White Cloud, MI
sponsors:  West Michigan Chapter, and the Michigan Society

JROTC Cadet Captain Laura Teneyuca
Martin High School, Laredo, TX
sponsors:  Laredo Chapter and the Texas Society

MCJROTC Cadet Captain Anthony J. Voltz
Springfield South High School, Springfield, OH
sponsors:  George Rogers Clark Chapter and the Ohio Society

MCJROTC Cadet Lieutenant Lani Wenman
East Hall High School, Gainesville, GA
sponsors:  Lyman Hall Chapter and the Georgia Society

NSSAR JROTC Honor Legion for 2004

 

NSSAR JROTC Honor Legion for 2004

LTC Joe E. Harris Jr., Chairman NSSAR ROTC/JROTC Committee



The National Society Sons of the American Revolution is pleased to announce the NSSAR JROTC Legion of Honor for 2005.  This is the eighth publication of this annual recognition.  All of the competing cadets were selected by their sponsoring state as the outstanding cadet of that society.   This year 16 cadets competed for the title making this competition the largest on record.

 

NSSAR President General Musgrave presented the NSSAR Outstanding JROTC Cadet,

AFJROTC Cadet Major Amanda M. Howard, her certificate and the Gold JROTC Medalion.



The NSSAR Outstanding Cadet of the Nation for 2004 is:

AFJROTC Cadet Major Amanda M. Howard
Tecumseh High School, New Carlisle, OH
sponsors:  George Rogers Clark Chapter and the Ohio Society

Vice Commander:
JROTC Cadet Captain Josefina Zavala
Martin High School, Laredo, TX
sponsors:  Laredo Chapter and the Texas Society

Adjutant:
JROTC Cadet Major Alanna Ocampo
New Britain High School, New Britain, CT
sponsors:  Rev. Ebenezer Baldwin Chapter and the Connecticut Society
 

NSSAR JROTC Honor Legion for 2003

 

 

NSSAR JROTC Honor Legion for 2003

John C. Haughton, Chairman NSSAR ROTC/JROTC Committee



The National Society Sons of the American Revolution is pleased to announce the NSSAR JROTC Legion of Honor for 2003.   This is the sixth publication of this annual recognition of Outstanding Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Cadets.


Each of the following 15 Cadets was selected by their sponsoring local Chapter and State Society as an outstanding young citizen of their community.   The Cadets were chosen because of their high academic achievement, strong leadership skills, military bearing, and sense of duty to the community.

 

Pictured from left to right are NSSAR JROTC/ROTC Committee member, Raymond A. Clapsadle (Tennessee), NSSAR President General B. Rice Aston, NSSAR Outstanding JROTC Cadet, Cadet Captain Patrick Fourroux wearing the Gold JROTC Medalion.

JROTC Committee member Ray Clapsadle presented Cadet Captain Patrick Fourroux his check for $1,000 and NSSAR President General Rice Aston presented Cadet Captain Fourroux his certificate of recognition and gold medallion.



The NSSAR Outstanding Cadet of the Nation for 2003 is:
JROTC Cadet Captain Patrick Fourroux of Belaire High School, Baton Rouge, LA
sponsors:  General Philemon Thomas Chapter and the Louisiana Society

To read Cadet Captain Patrick Fourroux's essay:   "How has JROTC prepared me to be a better citizen of the United States Of America?"

Vice Commander:
JROTC Cadet Captain Cody T. Mitchell
North Central High School, Kershaw, SC
sponsors:  General Thomas Sumter Chapter and the South Carolina Society

Adjutant:
AFJROTC Cadet Lt. Colonel Andrew Schaffer
Highland High School, Gilbert, AZ
sponsors:  Palo Verde Chapter and the Arizona Society

Special Honorable Mention:
JROTC Cadet Captain Jonathan R. Sherr
White Station High School, Memphis, TN
sponsors:  Isaac Shelby Chapter and the Tennessee Society



Other members of the Class of 2003 are (listed alphabetically):


NJROTC Cadet Lt JG Trevor G. Albert
King George High School, King George, VA
sponsors:  James Monroe Chapter and the Virginia Society

NJROTC Cadet Lieutenant JG Beatriz Chavez
Passaic High School, Passaic, NJ
sponsors:  Captain Abraham Godwin Chapter and the New Jersey Society

MCJROTC Cadet Staff Sergeant Sarah Deptula
Bensalem High School, Bensalem, PA
sponsors:  Washington Crossing Chapter and the Pennsyvania Society

JROTC Cadet Captain Kayla Marie Kendrick
Kenton High School, Kenton, OH
sponsors:  Centennial Chapter and the Ohio Society

JROTC Cadet Major Megan Middleton
North Iredell High School, Olin, NC
sponsors:  LTC John Phifer Chapter and the North Carolina Society

AFJROTC Cadet Captain Robert Taitano
Clover Park High School, Lakewood, WA
sponsors:  Alexander Hamilton Chapter and the Washington Society

JROTC Cadet Captain Karla I. Tapia
Martin High School, Loredo, TX
sponsors:  Loredo Chapter and the Texas Society

NJROTC Cadet Lieutenant James Theriault
Massabesic High School, Waterboro, ME
sponsors:  The Maine Society

JROTC Cadet Cmd Sergeant Major Charles Timmons
Walker High School, Jasper, AL
sponsors:  Warrior River Chapter and the Alabama Society

JROTC Cadet Staff Sergeant Daniel P. Twomey
Riverside Military Academy, Gainesville, GA
sponsors:  Lyman Hall Chapter and the Georgia Society

MCJROTC Cadet Sergeant Major David Yauch
Clearwater High School, Clearwater, FL
sponsors:  Clearwater Chapter and the Florida Society

NSSAR JROTC Honor Legion Winner's Essay for 2003

 

 

How has JROTC prepared me to be a better citizen of the United States Of America?


Duty, Honor, Country.  Before entering the JROTC program at Belaire High School, I did not realize the true significance of these values on the American way of life.  However, based on a friend's recommendation, I read The Long Gray Line by Rick Atkinson.  This novel portrays three classmates' journey through the United States Military Academy, Vietnam and the struggles endured upon their return to the United States.   Furthermore, the novel highlights important generals and noted speeches.   As I read the acceptance speech by General Douglas MacArthur for the Thayer Award in 1962, I became overwhelmed with emotion upon reading the following excerpt, "'Duty,' 'Honor,' 'Country'-those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you want to be, what you can be, what you will be.  They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn."   Consequently, I enrolled in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Belaire High School and vowed to adopt the American values of "Duty, Honor and Country."  From that moment on, these fundamental values became a guide by which I would live my life.

"Duty is the sense of obligation which motivates one to do, to the best of his ability, what is expected of him in any assigned position or situation." [1]  As a beginning JROTC cadet, I quickly advanced to a leadership position, Squad Leader.  After my freshman year, I advanced through various leadership positions; namely, JROTC Drill Team, Color Guard, Delta Company Commander, Color Guard Assistant Commander, Drill Team Assistant Commander, Bravo Company Commander and Color Guard Commander.  Through these positions, I realized the importance of my leadership abilities to my fellow cadets.   My cadets depended on my guidance, drill instruction and time management skills.   I realized that these invaluable skills could also be utilized in other areas of my school and community.  As a freshman, I was elected to the positions of Freshman Class Treasurer and Student Government Representative.  The value of "Duty" learned through JROTC was instrumental in my success as a leader of the freshman class.  Another organization in which I became involved was the Cultural Heritage Panel, an organization where small groups of people go out into the community to fight against racism, bigotry and other forms of prejudice.   As I became aware of the array of various cultures present in my school, community, nation and world, I felt the sense of obligation as a JROTC officer to interact with these cultures through volunteer activities.  Through the local volunteer program, Volunteens, I have been able to participate in various projects such as the following:  visiting the elderly in nursing homes, distributing food to those in need and spending time with disabled children.  Inasmuch as my volunteer work may have been an extension of my duty as a JROTC officer, my duty was surpassed by the self-satisfaction I felt through my volunteer experiences.   To continue my growth as an American citizen with responsibility to mankind, I decided to be a participant in the program, Cross-Cultural Solutions, a global volunteer program.  Originally, during the summer of 2003, I planned to be a volunteer in Xi'an, China as a teacher of conversational English to children and young adults.   Unfortunately, my plans were altered due to the SARS epidemic in China.   The organization felt that conditions in China were not safe at the time of my project and my trip was canceled.

One purpose of a member of the armed forces is to provide the nation with leaders of character who posses the knowledge of what is right and the moral courage to act on that knowledge. [2]  Honor has been an important value in my high school years, and it has guided me both academically and socially.   Currently, I maintain the highest GPA and number one ranking in my class.   Furthermore, through my actions and character, I have gained the respect of my fellow classmates.  Even though I attend a school where my race is considered a minority, I have been able to overcome adversity by being elected Sophomore Class Vice-President and Junior Class President.  Both of these accomplishments have been achieved with honor and integrity.  As a JROTC officer, not only do I maintain my honor, but I also practice and promote tolerance as a part of the Belaire High School community.

The final value as stated by General MacArthur was "Country."   A cadet has the duty to defend the rights of its free citizens to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and is bound to this service by oath. [3]   Even though I am not of age to join the armed forces, I feel a deep responsibility to protect the rights of all individuals of the United States and those abroad.   I respect freedom and understand that freedom has a price; a price that I will be honored to pay one day.  As a JROTC officer, I have been taught the values of "Duty, Honor and Country" through instruction and personal readings.   These values have provided the moral foundation for my growth as an individual and as an American citizen.

C/CPT Patrick Fourroux

NSSAR JROTC Honor Legion for 2002

 

NSSAR JROTC Honor Legion for 2002

John C. Haughton, Chairman NSSAR ROTC/JROTC Committee



The National Society Sons of the American Revolution is pleased to announce the NSSAR JROTC Legion of Honor for 2002.   This is the fifth publication of this annual recognition of Outstanding Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Cadets.

Each of the following 12 Cadets was selected by their sponsoring local Chapter and State Society as an outstanding young citizen of their community.   The Cadets were chosen because of their high academic achievement, strong leadership skills, military bearing, and sense of duty to the community.

 

Pictured from left to right are: NSSAR JROTC/ROTC Committee Chairman, John C. (Jack) Haughton (Texas); NSSAR Outstanding JROTC Cadet, Lt. Col. Jonathan Coward wearing the Gold JROTC Medalion; Major Robert W. Holt, Senior Army Instructor of Crescent City High School.

JROTC Chairman Haughton presented Cadet Lt. Col. Coward his certificate and his check for $1,000.


The NSSAR Outstanding Cadet of the Nation for 2002 is:
JROTC Cadet Major Jonathan Coward of Crescent City Sr. High School, Crescent City, FL
sponsors: St. Augustine Chapter and the Florida Society

To read Cadet Major Jonathan Coward's essay:   "How has JROTC prepared me to be a better citizen of the United States Of America?"

Vice Commander:
AFJROTC Cadet Major Julian Thomas Raymond
Dutch Fork High School, Irmo, SC
sponsors:  Col. Thomas Taylor Chapter and the South Carolina Society

Adjutant:
AFJROTC Cadet Colonel Jennifer M. Shahan
North Side High School, Jackson, TN
sponsors:  James Madison Chapter and the Tennessee Society

Special Honorable Mention:

JROTC Cadet 1st Lieutenant Katie Besant
Hillcrest High School, Tuscaloosa, AL
sponsors:  Black Warrior River Chapter and the Alabama Society


and


AFJROTC Cadet Captain Daniel D. Cronk
Clover Park High School, Lakewood, WA
sponsors:  lexander Hamilton Chapter and the Washington Society



Other members of the Class of 2002 are (listed alphabetically):


JROTC Cadet First Sergeant Ian D. Balesky
Riverside Military Academy, Gainesville, GA
sponsors:  Lyman Hall Chapter and the Georgia Society

JROTC Cadet Cmd Sergeant Major Jaqueline Duncan
Pearland High School, Pearland, TX
sponsors:  Cradle of Texas Chapter and the Texas Society

NJROTC Cadet Ensign K'asha-Amour Franklin
Harrisburg High School, Harrisburg, PA
sponsors:  Harris Ferry Chapter and the Pennsylvania Society

JROTC Cadet Fisrt Sergeant Donielle M. Hetrick
Ponchatoula High School, Ponchatoula, LA
sponsors:  General Philemon Chapter and the Louisiana Society

NJROTC Cadet Lieutenant Kimberly Metcalf
Massabesic High School, Waterboro, ME
sponsors:  the Maine Society

JROTC Cadet Captain Alishia R. Noland
Kenton Senior High School, Kenton, OH
sponsors:  Centennial Chapter and the Ohio Society

JROTC Cadet Captain Charles Odell
South Brunswick High School, Southport, NC
sponsors:  Marquis de Lafayette Chapter and the North Carolina Society

NSSAR JROTC Honor Legion Winner's Essay for 2002

 

 

How has JROTC prepared me to be a better citizen of the United States Of America?



"If the fresh skin of an animal, cleaned and divested of all hair, fat, and other extraneous matter be immersed in a diluted solution of tannic acid, a chemical combination ensues; the gelatinous tissue of the skin is converted into a nonputrescible substance, impervious to and insoluble in water; this sir, is leather."

It was my first day in JROTC and I was the fresh skin.   My goal was to become leather; strong, resilient, highly prized as a quality material, a rare cut above the average.  The corps would "clean and divest" me in its own special way; it would break away the hindrances of self-doubt and apprehension.   It was through the corps that I would become a better citizen of the United States of America.  I would become educated in self-improvement, leadership, and ethical behavior.

My self-improvement began with decision-making.   Because I had to make decisions, I learned how to make them well.  Through JROTC, I have had to make choices that affect not only my life, but also the lives of others.  Immediate decisions are a daily occurrence and call on my wisdom, but poor or rash decisions are hard to overcome.  Therefore, if I have ten seconds to make a decision, I will think for nine.

Concentrated practice in how to present myself in public has also improved me.  I have learned to take command of myself, which is something that many of my peers have not been exposed to, nor will they be.   Given the opportunity to speak in front of people has instilled me with confidence, and quick, clear thinking.  I am prepared to exercise these skills with ease as a contributing citizen.

JROTC has also taught me valuable lessons in leadership.   I discovered that being in a leadership position, other's expectations of me are higher.  Consequently, I expect more of myself.  I find that to be a good leader I have to first be a good follower.  As a fledgling LET 1*, I learned the art of following well.  Answers are not uttered with the simplicity of "yeah" or "ok", but "yes sir" and "no sir".  The very credo of JROTC demands respect at all times, and being able to give that respect means to be a good follower.  After becoming a good follower, conversion to a LET 2 meant that I was given the responsibility of leading others.   In this new position, I realized that patience is a requirement when dealing with others.  It was now my responsibility to show others how to become leaders.   This will make me a better citizen of the United States because I will have the skills to become a leader in my community.

My continuing preparation for good citizenship involves the ethical code of conduct: honor.  This is something that is not taught in any other class in high school.  I expect myself, and others, to be honest, to be cadets with integrity, and to exemplify ethical behavior.   I know that everything I do in and out of JROTC is a reflection on the corps.   As a U.S. citizen, I know too that my actions will reflect on our nation.   I am prepared to meet the high goals that will keep our country moving forward.

My immersion in this "tannic acid" has taught me that all I have learned and will learn in these four years will become the foundation of my adult life and ultimately make me a better citizen.  While teachers and other students return respect to me, they may or may not realize that the principles I live by are the principles of JROTC, and that it has prepared me to become a better citizen of the United States of America.  As a LET 3, JROTC has demanded of me what I thought I could not give.

I have become leather

*LET - Leadership levels in the JROTC curriculum.  LET 1 is first year, LET 2 is second year, etc.

Cadet Major Jonathan Coward
Crescent City Sr. High School
Crescent City, FL

NSSAR JROTC Honor Legion for 2001

 

NSSAR JROTC Honor Legion for 2001

by John C. Haughton, Chairman NSSAR ROTC/JROTC Committee



The National Society Sons of the American Revolution is pleased to announce the NSSAR JROTC Legion of Honor for 2001.   This is the fourth publication of this annual recognition of Outstanding Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Cadets.  I am delighted to recognize the fact that 4 State Societies participated in this years program for the first time.  I hope that they will continue to participate as the program continues to grow.
Each of the following 14 Cadets was selected by their sponsoring State Society and local Chapter as an outstanding young citizen of their community, with high academic achievement, strong leadership skills, and military bearing.

JROTC Cadet LtCol. Kayln Eidschun of the Westover High School, Fayetteville, NC, was recognized as the Outstanding Cadet in the nation by the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR) on July 2, 2001.  John C. Haughton, Chairman of the NSSAR JROTC/ROTC Committee, and the NSSAR Acting President General, Howard F. Horn, Jr. presented Cadet LtCol. Eidschun with her gold medallion as Commander of the 2001 Honor Legion Class, a certificate of recognition and her $1,000 award at the NSSAR National Congress in Louisville, KY in July.

 

Outstanding JROTC Cadet LtCol. Kayln Eidschun of the Westover High School, Fayetteville, NC, wearing the Gold JROTC Medalion, received her certificate from Acting President General Howard F. Horne, Jr., and JROTC Chairman Jack Haughton presented her a check for $1,000.


The NSSAR Outstanding Cadet of the Nation for 2001 is:
JROTC Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Kalyn C. Eidschun of Westover High School, Fayetteville, NC
sponsors: Marquis de Lafayette Chapter and North Carolina Society

To read Cadet LtCol. Eidschun's essay: "How has JROTC prepared me to be a better citizen of the United States Of America?"

2002 Update on Kalyn C. Eidschun:  Kalyn was advanced to the rank of Colonel and served as Battalion Commander (2nd year in this position) and Assistant Military Science Instructor.  She also received the title of Miss Westover (beauty pageant) and was named a Distinguished Citizen for the city of Fayetteville.  Having received numerous scholarships, Kalyn will be attending Campbell University this fall to begin her studies in Criminal Psychology.   She also auditioned and was chosen to be an actress in a local comedy club that has recently opened in Fayetteville.   She still plans to become President of the United States.

Vice Commander:
JROTC Cadet Captain Jonathan A. Bowlby
Zachary High School, Zachary, LA
sponsors:  General Philemon Thomas Chapter and the Louisiana Society

Adjutant:
JROTC Cadet Captain Kathleen D. Mahan
Camden High School, Camden, SC
sponsors:  General Thomas Sumter Chapter and the South Carolina Society

Special Honorable Mention:
AFJROTC Cadet Captain Courtney L. Karasko
Derby High School, Derby, KS
sponsors:  Washington Chapter and the Kansas Society



Other members of the Class of 2001 are (listed alphabetically):


JROTC Cadet 1st Sergeant Auburn E. Ellis
Lincoln College Preparatory Academy, Kansas City, MO
sponsors:  Alexander Majors Chapter and the Missouri Society

JROTC Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Heidi M. Erving
Nokomis Regional High School, Newport, ME
sponsors:  the Maine Society

AFJROTC Cadet Colonel Myronda B. Felts
North Side High School, Jackson, TN
sponsors:  James Madison Chapter and the Tennessee Society

JROTC Cadet Major Thomas G. Gibson
Wuerzburg American High School, Wuerzburg, Germany
sponsors:  National Society SAR, JROTC Committee

JROTC Cadet 1st Lieutenant Ashley Jackman
Pearland High School, Pearland, TX
sponsors:  Cradle Of Texas Chapter and the Texas Society

JROTC Cadet Corporal Matt Johnson
John R. Rogers High School, Puyallup, WA
sponsors:  Alexander Hamilton Chapter and the Washington Society

AFJROTC Cadet 1st Lieutenant Rigoberto Mabante
Nogales High School, Nogales, AZ
sponsors:  Tucson Chapter and the Arizona Society

JROTC Cadet 1st Sergeamt Fred W. Rowe
Riverside Military Academy, Gainesville, GA
sponsors:  Lyman Hall Chapter and the Georgia Society

JROTC Cadet Major Jeffrey B. Simmons
Wolfson High School, Jacksonville, FL
sponsors:  Jacksonville Chapter and the Florida Society

JROTC Cadet Captain Donahue P. Stephens
Walker High School, Jasper, AL
sponsors:  Warrior River Chapter and the Alabama Society

NSSAR JROTC Honor Legion Winner's Essay for 2001

 

 

How has JROTC prepared me to be a better citizen of the United States Of America?



The JROTC program has prepared me to be a better citizen in many ways.  Leadership skills, history, and life skills I believe are the three most important ways the program has made me a better citizen.

The JROTC program teaches leadership through values, traits, and by showing how a structured chain of command functions.  Through my experiences in various leadership positions, I have learned how to take responsibility for my actions, lead a group of people to complete a task on time in an orderly fashion, and also how to make-decisions promptly, but smartly.  These skills help me handle situations better and also instill responsibility in me.   The leadership skills I have acquired will help me one day to lead a group of others in the workplace and in life.

In my past three years as a cadet in the JROTC program, I have learned a lot about our country's history.  I have learned about key leaders and great people who fought hard to make our great country what it is today.  By learning about these people and events, I have a great sense of pride in my country.  I feel very proud when the national anthem is played or when the pledge of Allegiance is said because I know how much of a fight was put up so I could indulge in many freedoms today.  I believe a sense of pride in your country is a very important thing to have in order to be a good citizen of the United States of America.

Out of any program or class I have ever taken, JROTC had taught me the most life skills.  Some of the most important skills I have learned are communication, time management, organization, and discipline.   By watching the chain of command flow, I have learned how information travels and have learned communication skills.  Strict rules on timeliness are highly enforced in the JROTC program.  I have learned that being early leaves a better impression and is also more beneficial than arriving on time or late.   These time management skills have already helped me and I know that they will continue to benefit me.  I have become very organized since I enrolled in the JROTC program.  I have learned how to keep records and files neat and in order.   I have also learned how to keep a good schedule and how to run a task smoothly and easily.  Organization skills are very important because the tasks of life run a lot easier when you know where to find something as opposed to stressing out over finding something in a mess.  Teamwork is also an important skill I have learned, when you do something as a team, you can get it done faster.   Through cooperation, a team can do just about anything.  Out of all the life skills I have learned, discipline has been the one that I have benefited from the most.  I have acquired a lot of discipline through drill and ceremonies.   All of the life skills I have learned in discipline have helped me become even more disciplined.

You may wonder how these skills will benefit me in the future.   The skills and qualities I have acquired will benefit me in everything I do for the rest of my life.  JROTC has more prepared me for life than any other course I have taken.  Above all, JROTC has ultimately prepared me to be a better citizen by giving me the power to influence others to become better citizens also.

Cadet LtCol. Kayln Eidschun
Westover High School
Fayetteville, NC

NSSAR JROTC Honor Legion for 2000

 

NSSAR JROTC Honor Legion for 2000

John C. Haughton, Chairman NSSAR ROTC/JROTC Committee



The National Society Sons of the American Revolution is pleased to announce the NSSAR JROTC Outstanding Cadets for 2000.   This is the third publication of this annual recognition of Outstanding Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Cadets.  Each of these 14 Cadets was selected by their sponsoring State Society and local Chapter as outstanding young citizens of their community, with high academic achievement, strong leadership skills and military bearing.

JROTC Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas J. Downing of the 11th Army JROTC Battalion, Wuerzburg American High School, Wuerzburg, Germany was selected as the Outstanding Cadet in the nation by the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR) on May 17, 2000.  John C. Haughton, Chairman of the NSSAR JROTC/ROTC Committee, presented Cadet Downing with a gold medallion as Commander of the 2000 Honor Legion Class and the NSSAR President General, Howard F. Horn, Jr., presented a certificate of recognition and $1,000 award at the NSSAR National Congress in Boston, MA in June.

The son of Senior Master Sergeant Russell L. and Kyong I. Downing (USAF), Cadet Downing was a junior at Wuerzburg High and was runner-up in the competition last year.  NSSAR first authorized the awarding of Bronze JROTC medals to outstanding cadets in 1965.  In 1997 the President General of the organization announced an enhanced JROTC recognition program that included awards at the state and national level.  Cadet Downing competed against 13 other Outstanding Cadets selected and sponsored by their State Societies.  In order to include cadets in JROTC units in overseas Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DODDS), the National Society's JROTC/ROTC Committee sponsors the cadet in lieu of a State Society.  Captain Dennis J. Hickey IV, USNR (Ret.) is the Committee's liaison to DODDS.

Cadets are nominated by the Senior Military Science Instructor of the JROTC unit.  Cadet Downing was nominated by CW4 (R) Douglas M. Rudd, the Senior Army Instructor at Wuerzburg American High School.   Cadets are recognized for having a high degree of merit with respect to leadership qualities, military bearing and general excellence.  In his letter of recommendation, Charlie Toth, Principal of Wuerzburg High, noted that Cadet Downing had a grade point average of 4.143 "in spite of taking the most academically challenging courses this school has to offer."  CW4 Rudd notes that as a result of Cadet Downing's strong leadership the JROTC battalion was designated as an "Honor Unit with Distinction."  He further notes that Cadet Downing was a Varsity Letterman in the Rifle, Drill and Tennis teams and is a First Degree Black Belt, certified by the World Tae Kwon Do Federation.  Downing was Secretary of his 9th grade class and 10th grade Class President.  He is a member of the National Honor Society and participates in the Military Community Youth Ministries, Club Beyond and was a Sunday School teacher.

In addition to competing on the basis of leadership and general excellence, each candidate for state or national awards must complete an essay.  The topic for this year's essay was "How JROTC has prepared me to be a better citizen of the United States."  In his essay Cadet Downing wrote:  "JROTC offers cadets like myself the opportunity to prepare for our future roles as responsible citizens, while upholding the ideals and virtues that make America great."  He also stated, "The pride I take in wearing my uniform, taking care of the cadets under my command, and working with the local community has taught me what it means to be a true citizen."

Cadet Downing was slated to be the Commander of the 11th Army JROTC Battalion at Wuerzburg during his senior year.   However, as often happens to military sons and daughters, Cadet Downing's father received orders to Fort Lewis in Washington State.  Nicholas has joined the Air Force JROTC unit at Clover Park High School, Lakewood WA.  After High School, Nicholas hopes to receive an appointment to the US Air Force Academy.   Cadet Downing later hopes to become an Air Force Chaplain.

Outstanding JROTC Cadet Major Nicholas J. Downing of the Wuerzburg American High School of Wuerzburg, Germany, wearing the Gold JROTC Medalion, receives his certificate from President General Howard F. Horn, Jr.  JROTC Chairman, Jack Haughton holds a check for $1,000, also to be presented to Cadet Major Downing.


The NSSAR Outstanding Cadet of the Nation for 2000 is:
JROTC Cadet Major Nicholas J. Downing of the Wuerzburg American High School of Wuerzburg, Germany
sponsors: National Society SAR, JROTC Committee


2001 Update on Nicholas J. Downing:   "I am pleased to report that God has continued to bless my life.  Since joining the 931st Air Force JROTC Warrior Wing at Clover Park High School in Lakewood, Washington, I have worked my way back into command.  At the beginning of the second semester in January, I was selected to serve as Cadet Wing Commander, placing me in command of the 315 cadets here at CPHS.  In fact, I am actually now in charge of twice as many cadets now as I would have been if I'd stayed in command of the 11th US Army JROTC Battalion in Germany.  I am also happy to report that in October, I received a rare early acceptance letter to the United States Air Force Academy.  I will begin Basic Cadet Training on June 28th, two weeks after I graduate with honors from Clover Park High School.   I plan to major in American and Military History and will attend Pilot Training school after graduation.  I hope to someday fly the A-10 Thunderbolt aka Warthog.  God willing, I hope to become the first person in Air Force history to graduate from the Academy with parachute wings, earn flying wings as a pilot, and eventually wear the cross insignia of an Air Force chaplain.   Good luck with everything and God bless!"
C/Lt. Col Nick Downing
 


2002 Update on Nicholas J. Downing:   Nicholas is now attending the United States Air Force Academy.  As a freshman, he is busy with basics; however, since he grew up as the son of an Air Force service man, Nicholas is doing well.  He still plans to major in American and Military History, attend Pilot Training School after graduation, and later, become an Air Force Chaplain.

Vice Commander:

JROTC Cadet Captain Roman Edmunds
Oliver High School, Pittsburgh, PA
sponsors:  Pittsburgh Chapter and the Pennsylvania Society

Adjutant:
NJROTC Cadet Ensign Seth Lawson
Fulton High School, Knoxville, TN
sponsors:  Stephen Holston Chapter and the Tennessee Society


Other members of the Class of 2000 are (listed alphabetically):


JROTC Cadet 1st Lieutenant Jennifer B. Allen
Anson High School, Wadesboro, NC
sponsors:  Raleigh Chapter and the North Carolina Society

JROTC Cadet Ensign Jonathan Garfield
East Hall High School, Gainesville, GA
sponsors:  Lyman Hall Chapter and the Georgia Society

NJROTC Cadet Captain Jeffery M. Harrop
North Central High School, Kershaw, SC
sponsors:  General Thomas Sumter Chapter and the South Carolina Society

AFJROTC Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Justin Holeman
Coventry High School, Akron, OH
sponsors:  Lafayette Chapter and the Ohio Society

JROTC Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Rashid Khalife
Robert E. Lee High School, San Antonio, TX
sponsors:  San Antonio Chapter and the Texas Society

JROTC Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Marilyn J. Novell
Fieldale-Collinsville High School, Collinsville, VA
sponsors:  Colonel George Waller Chapter and the Virginia Society

JROTC Cadet Captain Tia M. Poulin
Nokomis Regional High School, Newport, ME
sponsors:  the Maine Society

AFJROTC Cadet 1st Lieutenant Charity E. Ragin
Clover Park High School, Lakewood, WA
sponsors:  Alexander Hamilton Chapter and the Washington Society

MCJROTC Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Brandon Schexnayder
Jesuit High School, New Orleans, LA
sponsors:  George Washington Chapter and the Louisiana Society

JROTC Cadet Captain Justin Taylor
Crescent City High School, Crescent City, FL
sponsors:  St. Augustine Chapter and the Florida Society

JROTC Cadet 1st Lieutenant Paul L. Terrell, Jr.
Walker High School, Jasper, AL
sponsors:  Warrior River Chapter and Alabama Society

NSSAR JROTC Honor Legion for 1999

 

NSSAR JROTC Honor Legion for 1999

John C. Haughton, Chairman NSSAR ROTC/JROTC Committee


The NSSAR JROTC Outstanding Cadet Recognition program has completed its second year of activity and I am pleased to announce that interest, participation, feedback, and success continue to grow.  We had more SAR State Societies participating and more JROTC Units nominating cadets for the award.  Along with this interest in the contest, I am receiving feedback from the State Societies that more of our Compatriots are getting involved with JROTC Units in their area.  The bottom line of this report is that the JROTC Recognition program is working and exceeding the expected levels of results.

The best part of this program, for me, is to be able to come to the National Congress and present to you the individual chosen by SAR to receive our Outstanding JROTC Cadet award for 1999.   The distinguished young man next to me is Anthony B. Aguilar of Robert E. Lee High School, in San Antonio, Texas, sponsored by the San Antonio Chapter and the Texas Society.

His Senior Army Instructor, Col. Chaplinski tells us that Anthony has been an outstanding cadet since his first semester in the JROTC program.  As a Freshman Anthony was selected to be part of the Unit's Varsity Drill Team, and Varsity Color Guard competition team.   He now commands the Varsity Drill Team, the Orienteering Team, and Physical Fitness Team while continuing to participate in the activities of the Varsity Color Guard.   He has demonstrated that he can handle all of the responsibilities of these extra-curricular activities and still maintain an "A" average in his academics, which consists of five Honor courses.  While maintaining his place among the top 10% of his class academically, Anthony is also a member of PAL (Peer Assistant Leadership), National Honor Society, a member of the Varsity Cross-country Track Team, and works part-time on weekends.  Anthony is a very involved young man.   Anthony has just finished his junior year in High School, and if it is any indication of what is to come in his senior year, it will be fantastic.  Last November, Anthony received the first Youth Heritage-Award from the Heroes and Heritage National Organization.  This group recognizes Hispanic contributions to United States military, defense, intelligence and diplomacy.  At this ceremony in Washington DC, Anthony also received a four year ROTC scholarship for the university of his choice.  This award was presented personally by the Commanding General of the Army ROTC Cadet Command, Major General Wallace.

In April, Anthony received a scholarship and attended the “Freedom Foundation Leadership Conference” at Valley Forge, PA, presented by the Military Order of the World Wars.  Since he had just finished his research for the NSSAR essay, he said that this trip had a significant impact on him.  He had studied the words and deeds of George Washington, now he got the chance to walk in the General’s footsteps.

Anthony has been nominated to attend the US Military Academy, and the US Naval Academy.  During this summer break from high school he has attended the Military Academy's Invitational Academic Workshop at West Point.  He also attended the Naval Academy's Summer Seminar Program at Annapolis.

Oh yes, I hope that we have the beginnings of a trend, like our winner last year, at the end of the school year, Anthony received his promotion to Cadet Lt. Col. and Battalion Commander for the coming year.

Outstanding Cadet Anthony Aguilar, of San Antonio, Texas, wearing the Gold JROTC Medalion, receives his certificate from President General Russel Page.  JROTC Chairman, Jack Haughton holds a check for $1,000, also to be presented to Cadet Aguilar.

 

 



2000 Update on Anthony Aguilar:   Anthony served as Battalion Commander of his JROTC unit in 1999, graduating with Honors.  During his Senior year Anthony received the following awards:
Outstanding JROTC Cadet, Northeast Independent School District, San Antonio, TX
The Principal's Award, for class of 2000, R. E. Lee High School
United States Marine Corps Outstanding Academic Scholar

Anthony has been accepted to the U. S. Military Academy at West Point.   He has not yet selected a major course of study.  Following High School graduation, Anthony will report to West Point to begin the Summer Orientation Program.



2001 Update on Anthony Aguilar:   "At the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the cadet plebes have just been promoted to Private First Class.  They are half way through the second semester of the fourth class year.  It has been tough academically and Anthony's previous Jr. ROTC experience has served him well militarily.  West Point is a very competitive, challenging place.  The choices for majors will not occur until the Junior or second class year.  Until then everyone is on the same curriculum.  It has been the right choice for Anthony as he continues to dream of a full military career."

Victoria Aguilar Paparelli, Anthony's mother



2002 Update on Anthony Aguilar:   "Anthony is enjoying West Point.  Working very hard, but seems it is just the right fit for him.  He is taking a field of study in German this year and spent Spring break in Ireland, just for pleasure.  This summer is Airborne and Air Assault School and very little time off.  Anthony is still a member of the drill team for USMA.  Thank you for asking and keeping up with Anthony."

Victoria Aguilar Paparelli, Anthony's mother


The NSSAR Outstanding Cadet of the Nation for 1999 is:
Cadet Anthony Aguilar of R. E. Lee High School of San Antonio, TX
sponsors:  San Antonio Chapter and the Texas Society

Vice Commander:
JROTC Cadet Captain Nicholas J. Downing
Wuerzburg American High School l, Wuerzburg, Germany
sponsors:  NSSAR ROTC/JROTC Committee

Adjutant:
NJROTC Cadet Lieutenant (J.G.) Diana L. Mutz
Cary High School, Cary, North Carolina
sponsors:  Raleigh Chapter and the North Carolina Society

Special Honorable Mention:
NJROTC Cadet Ensign Justin Lee Carrano
Easley High School, Easley, SC
sponsors:  General Andrew Pickens Chapter and the South Carolina Society



Other members of the Class of 1999 are (listed alphabetically):


JROTC Cadet Battalion Command Sergeant Major Steven C. Carnley
Walker High School, Jasper, AL
sponsors:  Black Warrior River Chapter and Alabama Society

AFJROTC Cadet Lt Col Chad W. Harris
Blue Springs High School, Blue Springs, MO
sponsors:  Harry S. Truman Chapter and the Missouri Society

NJROTC Cadet Command Master Chief Petty Officer Corydon F. Heard, IV
Osbourn Park Senior High School, Manassas, VA
sponsors:  Fairfax Resolves Chapter and the Virginia Society

AFJROTC Cadet Captain Casey A. Henry
Gulf Breeze High School, Gulf Breeze, FL
sponsors:  Pensacola Chapter and the Florida Society

JROTC Cadet 1st Lieutenant James M. Smith
Lakeside High School, Evans, GA
sponsors:  Col William Few Chapter and the Georgia Society

AFJROTC Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Silja E. Tolpi
Andrew Jackson Fundamental Magnet High School, Chalmette, LA
sponsors:  George Washington Chapter and the Louisiana Society

AFJROTC Cadet Flight Commander Anthonelli White, Jr.
Scott County High School, Georgetown, KY
sponsors:  Captain John Scott Chapter and the Kentucky Society

JROTC Cadet Sergeant First Class Chaney A. Woodring, III
United High School, Armagh, PA
sponsors:  General Arthur St. Clair Chapter and the Pennsylvania Society

NSSAR JROTC Honor Legion for 1998

 

NSSAR JROTC Honor Legion for 1998

John C. Haughton, Chairman NSSAR ROTC/JROTC Committee


The National Society Sons of the American Revolution is pleased to announce the NSSAR JROTC Legion of Merit for 1998.   This is the first publication of this annual recognition of Outstanding Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Cadets.  Each of these 12 Cadets was selected by their sponsoring State Society and local Chapter as outstanding young citizens of their community, with high academic achievement, strong leadership skills and military bearing.

As a High School Junior she ranks academically at the very top of her Naval Science (NJROTC) class as well as her general education classes.  Her Naval Science Instructor states that she is an effective cadet officer and platoon commander in a 250-cadet battalion.  Rosalyn was selected to attend the highly competitive NJROTC Leadership Academy, where she outperformed the majority of the older cadets and demonstrated exceptional military potential.  She is an integral member of the NJROTC Drill Team and Color Guard.  The Bremerton HS Principal states that Rosalyn is an exemplary student, leader, and citizen.  She is always willing to give of her time and talents to help the school and the community while maintaining a 4.0 Grade Point Average with advanced placement classes, and some college courses through the Running Start Program.  Along with excelling in her rigorous course work, she is a leader in the NJROTC unit, is an active member in the National Honor Society, Leo Club and Key Club service organizations, is on the Knowledge Bowl team, and through the Science Club she teaches science to exceptional 5th graders in area elementary schools.  Rosalyn is the recipient of the Hugh O’Brian Leadership award, and has been selected to attend the Washington State Business Leadership Camp.  Rosalyn is a two-year varsity letter winner on the tennis team, and the leading member of the defending state champion orienteering team (three-year letter).  Rosalyn also gives of her time and talents to volunteer in her community by working with Special Olympics Basketball and Bowling tournaments, Retsil Veteran’s Home, Salvation Army food distribution, Red Cross CPR training, tutoring to elementary students, and ushering coordinator for community concerts and symphonies.   Principal Rieger closes by saying, “Beyond all the “things” Rosalyn is involved with, there is a genuiness about her.  She does what she does because she cares about her school, her community, and her family.”

Since winning this award, Rosalyn has won additional awards, and has been promoted to be Battalion Commander.

 

General Frederick J. Kroesen, USA (Ret.) presents NJROTC Battalion Commander Rosalyn Pham with a check for $1,000 and a certificate naming her as SAR Outstanding JROTC Cadet for 1998.  President General Carl K. Hoffmann looks on with John C. Haughton, Chairman of the NSSAR ROTC Committee.   Note the National JROTC award around Pham's neck.

 



1999 Update on Rosalyn Pham:   Rosalyn served as Battalion Commander of her NJROTC unit this past year, graduating with the rank of Cadet Commander.  Following graduation, this summer she will be going to Japan as a respresentative of her city, Bremerton.   She will spend a month there with her host family learning about Japan and their culture.  In years to come, Rosalyn plans to complete her undergraduate work in Computer Science and PreMed at Johns Hopkins University, and she hopes to do her graduate studies at the Johns Hopkins University Medical School or the University of Washington Medical School seeking a doctorate in Medicine.



2000 Update on Rosalyn Pham:   Rosalyn served as Battalion Commander of her NJROTC unit in 1999, graduating with Honors.  Following High School graduation, she was enrolled, at Johns Hopkins University where she plans to complete her undergraduate work in Computer Science and PreMed, and hopes to do her graduate studies at the Johns Hopkins University Medical School or the University of Washington Medical School seeking a doctorate in Medicine.

Rosalyn has completed her first year at Johns Hopkins University.  In addition to her academic schedule she continues to do volunteer work in the Pediatric Oncology department of John Hopkins Hospital, and is also involved in a large service organization called Circle K (the college branch of the Kiwanis club).   It's the largest service group on campus, working to benefit the local community.   Some of the volunteer projects Rosalyn has worked on include cooking for families at the Hopkins Children's House, helping with senior citizens at a local hospital, and helping with senior citizens social events in the area.



2001 Update on Rosalyn Pham:   "Well, I am currently in my Sophomore year of college at Johns Hopkins University.   I am actively involved in volunteering in the neurosurgery unit of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and have been working in neurology research at the Johns Hopkins Medical School.  I'm an outfielder on the Hopkins Women's Club Softball team and also tutor a woman working to obtain her GED.  I have a strong interest in anatomy, physiology, and neuroscience which inspires my goal to major in Biology and minor in Psychology.  Eventually I would like to go on to medical school and become a Navy Medical Corps officer (other service branch possible)."
Rosalyn Pham


 

2002 Update on Rosalyn Pham:   "It is indeed a great pleasure to hear from you.  I have from time to time visited the SAR website and reflected upon the wonderful memories I have from my past participation in SAR events.

I am now finishing up my 3rd year of college.  This past summer, I studied abroad in Vietnam and volunteered in a medical clinical, an orphanage, and a nursing home and taught English at the local university.  I began a new research project in the Fall of 2001 working at the now Sidney F. Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center of the Johns Hopkins Medical School.  The project involves gathering experimental evidence for or against the synergistic effects of chemotherapy drugs with specific tyrosine kinas inhibitors as possible therapies for patients with acute myeloid leukemia.  I applied for and received a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Summer Research Fellowship for this summer to work on this project.

My intended major is Molecular and Cellular Biology and as such, I am quite fortunate to be a sponsored student member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  Furthermore, I was recently selected for induction as a member of the national Tribeta Biological Honor Society.  I continue in my pursuit to serve the needs of others through my volunteer duties on the neurosurgery unit of Johns Hopkins Hospital, as well as through tutoring of a local high school student and college student.  My ultimate goal of attending medical school has yet to waver.

Thank you for your maintained correspondence.  Please extend my best regards to the other members of the SAR whom I have had the privilege of meeting."

Rosalyn Pham




The NSSAR Outstanding Cadet of the Nation for 1998 is:
Cadet Ensign Rosalyn Pham of Bremerton High School, Bremerton, Washington
sponsors:  Alexander Hamilton Chapter and the Washington Society

Vice Commander:
JROTC Cadet Lizett Lozano
Thomas A. Edison High School, San Antonio, Texas
sponsors:  the San Antonio Chapter and the Texas Society

Adjutant:

JROTC Cadet Berthea Grace Hampton
North Central High School, Kershaw, South Carolina
sponsors:  General Thomas Sumter Chapter and the South Carolina Society



Other members of the Class of 1998 are (listed alphabetically):


AFJROTC Cadet John R. Bigham, IV
Glasgow High School, Newark, DE
sponsors:  Major Robert Kirkwood Chapter and the Delaware Society

JROTC Cadet Jamie Lois Bowers
United High School, Armagh, PA
sponsors:  General Arthur St. Clair Chapter and the Pennsylvania Society

JROTC Cadet Jennifer L. Felder
Massanutten Military Academy, Woodstock, VA
sponsors:  Fort Harrison Chapter and the Virginia Society

NJROTC Cadet Timothy Halcomb
Garfield High School, Akron, OH
sponsors:  Lafayette Chapter and the Ohio Society

JROTC Cadet Christopher B. Hogan
Evans Comprehensive High School, Evans, GA
sponsors:  William Few Chapter and the Georgia Society

NJROTC Cadet Jennifer L. Keith
Allen D. Nease High School, St. Augustine, FL
sponsors:  St. Augustine Chapter and the Florida Society

NJROTC Cadet Benjamin C. Richard
Mar Vista High School, Imperial Beach, CA
sponsors:  San Diego Chapter and the California Society

JROTC Cadet Steven Ray Stringer
Walker High School, Jasper, AL
sponsors:  Warrior River Chapter and the Alabama Society

JROTC Cadet Norbert M. Weidner
Wuerzburg American High School, Wuerzburg, Germany
sponsors:  the Fairfax Resolves Chapter of the Virginia Society



DOD Dependent Schools were considered a single school system and agreed to enter a single contestant.  Special thanks to Captain Dennis J. Hickey, IV, of the Virginia Society for his special efforts working with the DOD DS.

 


Also, my thanks to this years judges (it was not an easy task).  I especially want to thank all of the participating State Societies and their JROTC Chairmen.  It took extra effort to adopt this program and participate this pilot year.  Thanks to the SAR Military Liaisons, the Chapter JROTC Chairmen, as well as all those that took time to initiate discussions, request information, and provide feedback.  Thanks to you all for your interest, participation, and support.  It has been a terrific first year, and I look forward to our efforts to find more Outstanding Cadets to add to the ranks of the NSSAR JROTC Legion of Honor