By Samanuel Martin, News Writer
In March Richland One’s Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp (JROTC) hosted its National Award Ceremony at the C.A. Johnson High School Auditorium. All JROTC units in the district were in attendance.
This ceremony showcases the best of the best cadets in JROTC. The cadets displayed the seven Army values.
“It was a pleasure to reward students for activities they have excelled in over the year,” Master Sergeant Brenda Boyd said.
A number of awards were given to honor what each cadet did.
“Our cadets are able to compete w/other cadets throughout the nation [and] showed that cadets work[ed] extremely hard this year, and this hard work was reflected in the trophies that they won as a drill team, the support that the color guard gave to the[ir] school and community, the commitment of the rifle team and various other outstanding community project[s],so their awards were definitely earned,” Major Walter B. Savage said.
Everyone who got an award felt proud.
“It made me feel like an outstanding leader,” Senior and Cadet PFC Tylen McKinnon said.
The awards mean a great deal to both the students and their instructors.
“[It] gives me the honor of presenting to [a] deserving student,” Boyd said.
Boyd was happy to be a part of the program.
“[It was a] pleasure to reward students for activities they have excelled in over the school year,” Boyd said.
Boyd pride in seeing Keenan cadets gathering awards was evident.
“[I felt] proud…representing some of the best in the district,” Boyd said.
School Awards were given to reward cadets for their achievements through JROTC. This year was extraordinary; Savage and Boyd gave out more awards than any other year. There was excellent turnout for the ceremony, which included a guest speaker.
|Awards National||Presenter||WJ Keenan JROTC|
|Son of the American Revolution||JROTC Instructor||Samanuel Martin|
|Scottish Rite/Ancient Freemason||Mr. John Marcucci||Christopher Phillips|
|Marine Corps League||Mr. John Marcucci||Clinton Bouyer|
|The Retired Enlisted Association||SSgt Geriner||Braxton Muldrow|
|National Sojourner Awards||Mr. Wayne Smith||Christopher Phillips|
|Military Order of Purple Heart||Mr. Dan Boswell||Tylen Mckinnon|
|Veterans of Foreign Wars||JROTC Instructor||Christopher Cochran|
|Veterans of Foreign Wars||JROTC Instructor||Micheal Mack|
|Military Officer Association of American Award||Mr. Wayne Smith||Matthew Cook|
|Military Order of World Wars Award||Mr. Wayne Smith||Matthew Tyler|
|Reserve Officer Association Award||BG John Geiger||Sabrina Latta|
|American Veterans Award||JROTC Instructor||Chasity Anderson|
|Daughter of the American Revolution Award||Mrs. Glenn||Sabrina Latta|
|American Legion Military Excellent Award||JROTC Instructor||Moesha Priester|
|American Legion Scholastic Award||JROTC Instructor||Samanuel Martin|
|Deadalian Award||JROTC Instructor||Moesha Priester|
|AUSA||JROTC Instructor||Matthew Tyler|