Outgoing Commander of the Rhea County High School JROTC Eagle Battalion, Cadet Lt. Col. Maressa Morgan (far right) looks on as Chief Warrant Officer Three Lois Walling, RCHS JROTC Senior Army Instructor, (far left) passes the flag of the RCHS Golden Eagle Battalion to the new battalion commander, Cadet Lt. Col. Sky Blaylock during the annual awards day ceremony held on April 18 on the Bill Horton Field of Eagle Stadium.
Friday, April 19, 2013Author: Gary Peavyhouse
(Last modified: 2013-04-19 16:36:21)
Source: The Herald-News
The Rhea County High School Golden Eagle Battalion of the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps held their annual awards ceremony on Thursday, April 18 on Bill Horton Field of Eagle Stadium.
The mission of the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) is to motivate high school students to be better citizens. That mission is accomplished through the process or Leadership, Education and Training, or LET, and cadets are referred to by their LET levels with LET 1 through LET 4 equaling thw number of years the cadet has been in JROTC. The annual awards ceremony is the time that tangible encouragement and appreciation is offered for the accomplishments of deserving cadets.
The Eagle Battalion was awarded Honor Unit with Distinction. The battalion has been awarded the Honor Unit with Distinction for twenty straight years. This is the highest honor a JROTC unit can achieve.
Awards presented were: Honor Company, Bravo Company (Cadet Capt. Sky Blaylock commanding); Superior Cadet Decoration, Cadet Corporal Sierra Morris, Cadet 1st Sgt. Thomas Levi, Cadet 2nd Lt. Kayla Minton, Cadet Maj. Kali-Ann Rogers; Distinguished Cadet Award, Cadet 1st Sgt. Thomas Levi; Academic Excellence Award, Cadet Sierra Morris and Cadet Marissa Wright (LET 1), Cadet Thomas Levi (LET 2), Cadet Sky Blaylock (LET 3) and Cadet Kali-Ann Rogers (LET 4); Best First Year Cadet, Cadet Jade Hope; Outstanding Cadet Non-Commissioned Officer, Cadet Command Sgt. Maj. Phoenix Boudreau; Outstanding Cadet Officer, Cadet Lt. Col. Maressa Morgan; Academic Achievement Award, Cadet Thomas Levi, Cadet James Hale, Cadet Sierra Morris, Cadet Marissa Wright, Cadet Pedro Laboy and Cadet Condra Carter; Retired Enlisted Association JROTC Award, Cadet Tyler Naranjo; American Legion Post 100 Academic Award, Cadet Sgt. 1st Class Kayla Riley; American Legion Post 100 Leadership Award, Cadet Sgt. Morgen Roberts; American Legion Post 203 Academic Award, Cadet Chandler Elsea; American Legion Post 203 Leadership Award, Cadet Jason Schalk; American Legion Americanism Medal, Cadet Cpl. Melainie Daniel; Veterans of Foreign Wars Achievement Award, Cadet Dalton Moreland (LET 1), Cadet Katie Tilley (LET 2), Cadet Nichole Barkins (LET 3) and Cadet Mary Kinser (LET 4); Veterans of Foreign Wars Citizenship Award, Cadet Siria Nance, Cadet, Caitlin Godsey, Cadet Samanatha Levi, Cadet Lauren Wilson, Cadet Abigal Newman, Cadet Zach Shipley and Cadet Jonathan Schalk; Second Mile Award, Cadet Kenneth Nance, Cadet Megan Woody, Cadet Jacob Jacob McGinnis, Cadet Randy Reed, Cadet Eddie Broadwell, Cadet Shane Tinch; Cadet Command Community Service Award, Cadet Sgt. 1st Class Chandler Elsea, Cadet Sgt 1st Class Ben Combs and Cadet 1st Sgt. Thomas Levi; Military Order of the Purple Heart, Cadet 1st Sgt. Ryker Williams; 82nd Airborne Division Association Medal, Cadet Capt. Sky Blaylock and Cadet Sgt. 1st Class Sody Gilliam; Army Recruiting Command Award, Cadet 2nd Lt. Kayla Minton and Cadet Cpt. Shaine Angel; National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Medal, Cadet Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Combs; Association of the United States Army Medal, Cadet Chase Thompson; Reserve Officer Association Award, Cadet Capt. Shania Newman and Cadet Capt. Pedro Laboy; Order of Daedallians Award, Cadet Hunter Cox; National Sojourners Award, Cadet Sgt. 1st Class Jared Wilson and Cadet 1st Sgt. Thomas Levi; Daughters of the American Revolution Award, Cadet Kali-Ann Rogers; Miltary Order of World Wars Medal, Cadet Dillon Morgan; Celebrate Freedom Foundation/Emory Riddle Aeronautical University Award, Cadet Cpl. Sierra Morris; Scottish Rite Award, Cadet Shawn McIntosh; American Legion Boy’s State Medal, Cadet Phoenix Boudreau and Cadet Gary Hyatte; Noncommissioned Officer Association JROTC Award, Cadet 1st Sgt. Christina Hard, Sgt. 1st Class Brandie Orick, Cadet Sgt. 1st Class Shalisa Burlingame, Cadet Sgt. 1st Class Tristen Stephens, Cadet Aaron Muscott, Cadet Sgt. Brandon Hendrix; Most Improved Cadet Award, Cadet Ray Tillman; American Legion Top Female Physical Fitness Award, Cadet Sierra Morris; American Legion Top Male Physical Fitness Award, Cadet Austin Payne; Cadet Challenge Medal, Cadet Sierra Morris, Austin Payne, Sky Blaylock, Ryker Williams, Kayla Minton, Zack Schaeffer, Salena Garrett, Aaron Muscott, Rebecca Stinnett and Pedro Laboy; Presidential Physical Fitness Award, Cadet Austin Payne; National Physical Fitness Award, Cadet Tyler Naranjo, Sky Blaylock, Pedro Laboy, Zack Schaeffer, Sierra Morris, Ryker Williams and Aaron Muscott; American Legion Marksmanship Medal, Cadet Sky Blaylock and Cadet Chase Thompson; JROTC Commander’s Medal, Cadet Lt. Col. Maressa Morgan; Battalion Commander’s Leadership Ribbon, Cadet Tyler Nararjo (LET 1), Cadet Thomas Levi (LET 2), Cadet Shane Angel (LET3), Cadet Kali-Ann Rogers (LET 4); Senior Army Instructor Leadership Award, Cadet Sierra Morris (LET 1), Cadet Benjamin Combs (LET2), Cadet Sky Blaylock (LET 3), Cadet Maressa Morgan (LET 4); 2012-2013 Golden Eagle Battalion Commander, Cadet Sky Blaylock; 2012-2013 Golden Eagle Battalion Executive Officer, Cadet Shane Angel; 2012-2013 Golden Eagle Battalion Command Sergeant Major, Cadet Benjamin Combs.
Cadets who received certificates for participating in Rhea County’s Veteran’s Day Programs and Memorial Day Service were Kayla Minton, Morgen Roberts, Katie Tilley, Nicole Barkins, Shania Newman, Megan Woody, Sky Blaylock, Kyndyle Gonzalez, Brooke Horton, Tori Gentry, Marina Knott, Jared Wilson, Dillon Morgan, Melanie Daniel, Rebecca Stinnett, Jacob Hale, Mary Kinser, Phoenix Boudreau, Maressa Morgan, Ryker Williams, Thomas Levi, Aaron Muscott, David Herrell, Richard Adkins, Benjamin Combs, Cody Gilliam, Taylor Houston, Joseph Quinn III, Alejandro Laboy, Thomas Poole III, Emily Sales, Dylan Maldonado, Kandi Padilla, Tiffany Sherrill, Kali-Ann Rogers, Chandler Elsea, Ashlee Bowman.
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