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)."
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."
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
JROTC Cadet Lizett Lozano
Thomas A. Edison High School, San Antonio, Texas
sponsors: the San Antonio Chapter and the Texas Society
JROTC Cadet Berthea Grace Hampton
North Central High School, Kershaw, South Carolina
sponsors: General Thomas Sumter Chapter and the South Carolina Society
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