ROTC cadets recognized for scholastic, military achievements

ROTC Awards 2017

Northwestern State University Department of Military Science hosted an awards program recognizing outstanding cadets in the Reserve Officer Training Corp. The department hosts a program for cadets at the conclusion of each semester to recognize military and academic achievements and present scholarships.

The Spring 2017 program also included a farewell to MSG Randy Angel, senior military instructor, who has been selected for promotion and will attend the Sergeants Major Academy this summer before moving to serve the Army in his new rank. He was presented with the Meritorious Service Medal.

President’s List cadets with 4.0 GPA were Autumn Mitchell, John Ham and Karl Marzahl.

Dean’s List cadets with 3.5-3.99 GPA were Michael Kingsley, Sonia Ortiz, Scott Stearns, Taylor Andrews, Savannah Carter, Mary-Kathryn Fuller, Ronicia Howze, Taimata Luafalemana, Thomas Marlbrough, Logan DeOre, Kari Taffi, Kelsey Bolden and Toby Boudreaux.

Honor List cadets with 3.0 by 3.49 GPA were Shaffer Kimball, TeAmara Judkins, Joey Wills, Albert Tuiel, Tucker Ellis, Jaelon Davis, Steven Bryant, Adam Barnes, Crystal Smith, Kendrick Shavers, Danny Hatcher and Briyonna Collins.

MS IV (senior level) cadets and their honors are as follows:

Cadet Captain TeAmara Judkins, Battalion S2, military intelligence: Cadet Honors Award, Recruiting Award and Field Training Exercise Award;

Cadet Shaffer Kimball, Battalion S1, adjutant: Superior Cadet Award, Cadet Honors Award, ROTC Honors, Gold Medal Athlete, Intramural Sports Recognition, Commendation Medal Award, Leadership Excellence Award, Recruiting Award, Field Training Exercise Award, Color Guard Award and Ranger Challenge Award.

Kimball will be the trainer for the Ranger Challenge team next fall. He also received the Colonel Tom Baker Award, which recognizes an outstanding senior cadet who exhibits exemplary traits of dedication and leadership.

Cadet Command Sergeant Major Michael Kingsley: ROTC Honors, Gold Medal Athlete, Commendation Medal Award, Leadership Excellence Award, Field Training Exercise Award and Ranger Challenge Award. Kingsley will be Battalion Commander next fall.

Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Autumn Mitchell (Battalion Commancer): ROTC Honors, Commendation Medal Award, Leadership Excellence Award, Recruiting Award, Field Training Exercise Award, PMS Character Award and completion certificate for the Cadet Leadership Course.

Mitchell also received the Military Order of World Wars, which recognizes a cadet who excels in all military and scholastic aspects of the ROTC program, and the Military Excellence Award of the American Legion, which recognizes a cadet who displays military leadership, discipline, character and citizenship.

Cadet Mark Ordoyne, who will commission next year, received a certification of completion for the Cadet Leader Course.

Cadet Joshua Perkins, S6, communications officer, who will commission next year, received a certificate for the Cadet Leader Course.

Cadet Major Scott Stearns, S3, operation/training officer: ROTC Honors, Gold Medal Athlete and Field Training Exercise Award.

Cadet Alexander Stewart, Company First Sergeant, will be S4 supply officer next fall. He received the Silver Medal Athlete Award, Commendation Medal Award, Leadership Excellence Award and the Field Training Exercise Award. He also received the Reserve Officers Association and Lions Club Award.

Cadet Major Sonia Ortiz, Battalion Executive Officer: ROTC Honors, Commendation Medal Award, Leadership Excellence Award, Field Training Exercise Award, Color Guard Award and completion certificate for the Cadet Leader Course. She is also this year’s recipient of the ROTC Award of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.

MS III (junior level) cadets and their honors are as follows:

Cadet First Lieutenant Taylor Andrews, ROTC Honors, Cadet Achievement Medal, Leadership Excellence Award, Recruiting Award, Field Training Exercise Award and Color Guard Award. Andrews currently serves as Platoon Leader and will be Battalion Executive Officer next fall. He also received the Award of the Military Officers Association of America and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Award, which recognizes demonstrated achievement and concentrated effort in military and academic subjects with demonstrated capability and diligence in the ROTC program.

Cadet Steven Bryant: Cadet Scholar Award, ROTC Honors, Bronze Medal Athlete, Cadet Achievement Medal, Leadership Excellence, Recruiting Award, Field Training Exercise Award and Color Guard Award. Bryant will be the Assistant S4 in the fall.

Cadet Savannah Carter: Superior Cadet Award, ROTC Honors, Intramural Sports Recognition, Commendation Medal Award, Recruiting Award, Field Training Exercise Award and Color Guard Award. Carter also received the ROTC Award of the Association of the United State Army. Carter will be S2 in the fall.

Cadet Dominitra Charles: Platinum Medal Athlete (perfect score of 300 on the Army Physical Fitness Test) and the Recruiting Award.

Cadet Jaelon Davis: Cadet Honors Award, ROTC Honors, Leadership Excellence, Recruiting Award, Field Training Exercise Award and a completion certificate for Cadet Initial Entry Training. Davis also received the Leadership Award of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Davis will serve as Assistant S6 at LSU-S in the fall.

Cadet Tucker Ellis: Cadet Honors Award, ROTC Honors, Bronze Medal Athlete, Intramural Sports Recognition, Cadet Achievement Medal, Leadership Excellence, Recruiting Award, Color Guard Award and Ranger Challenge Award. Ellis also received the award of the Military Order of World Wars, which recognizes a cadet who excels in all military and scholastic aspects of the ROTC program. Ellis will served as the Battalion’s Command Sergeant Major in the fall.

Cadet Mary-Kathryn Fuller: ROTC Honors Award, Field Training Award and completion certificate for Cadet Initial Entry Training. Fuller will serve as Assistant S1 in the fall.

Cadet Brandon Homan: ROTC Honors and Recruiting Award. Homan will be the Assistant S2 at LSU-S in the fall.

Cadet Ronicia Howze: ROTC Honors, Commendation Medal Award, Recruiting Award, Field Training Award and Ranger Challenge Award. Howze also received the Spirit Award of the United Services Automobile Association. Howze will be the Battalion’s S1 in the fall.

Cadet Taimata Luafalemana: ROTC Honors, Bronze Medal Athlete, Commendation Medal Award, Leadership Excellence, Recruiting Award, Field Training Exercise Award and Ranger Challenge Award. Luafalemana also received the award of the Military Order of Foreign Ward of the United States. Luafalemana will serve as the Battalion’s S6 in the fall.

Cadet Thomas Marlbrough, a platoon leader: ROTC Honors, Cadet Achievement Medal, Leadership Excellence, Recruiting Award, Field Training Exercise Award.

Cadet Aliona Salter: ROTC Honors, Recruiting Award and completion certificate for the Cadet Initial Entry Training. Salter also received the award of the Reserve Officers Association. Salter will serve as the Company’s First Sergeant in the fall.

Cadet Albert E. Tuiel: Cadet Honors Award, ROTC Honors, Leadership Excellence, Recruiting Award, Field Training Exercise Award and Color Guard Award. Tuiel will serve as Assistant S3 in the fall.

Cadet Brittanie Williams: ROTC Honors, Intramural Sports Recognition, Commendation Medal Award, Leadership Excellence, Recruiting Award, Field Training Exercise Award and the Ranger Challenge Award. She is also the recipient of the Patriotic Award of the Knights of Columbus. Williams will serve as Battalion S3 in the fall.

Cadet Joey Wills: Cadet Scholar, ROTC Honors, Leadership Excellence Award, Recruiting Award and Color Guard Award. Wills will serve as Assistant S3 next semester.

MS II (sophomore level) cadets and their honors are as follows:

Cadet Adam Barnes: Cadet Scholar, ROTC Honors, Leadership Excellence Award, Recruiting Award and Field Training Exercise Award. Barnes also received the National Sojourners Award, which recognizes an outstanding cadet who has contributed the most to encourage and demonstrate Americanism within the corps of cadets. Barnes was also recognized as the Most Improved Cadet.

Cadet Joe Brown: ROTC Honors, Intramural Sports Recognition and Leadership Excellence Award.

Cadet Cameron Coleman: Recruiting Award.

Cadet Logan DeOre: ROTC Honors, Field Training Exercises Award and the award of the General Society of the War of 1812.

Cadet Dale Granier: Cadet Achievement Medal, Leadership Excellence and Color Guard Award. Granier is also received the award of the Reserve Officers Association.

Cadet John Ham: ROTC Honors, Intramural Sports Recognition, Commendation Medal Award, Field Training Exercise Award and the Ranger Challenge Award. Ham also received the Military History Award of the Association of the United State Army.

Cadet Karl Marzahl: Superior Cadet Award, ROTC Honors, Silver Medal Athlete Award, Intramural Sports Award, Perfect Attendance Award, Commendation Medal Award, Field Training Exercise award, Color Guard Award and Ranger Challenge Award. Marzahl is also recipient of the award of the American Veterans of World War II, which recognizes diligence, demonstrated military excellence and outstanding accomplishments during the year, and the American Legion Award for Scholastic Excellence. Marzahl also received the Sergeant York Award for the cadet who does the most to support the program.

Cadet Kari Taffi: ROTC Honors and Intramural Sports Recognition

MS I (freshman level) cadets and their honors are as follows:

Cadet Kelsey Bolden: Perfect Attendance Award.

Cadet Toby Boudreaux: ROTC Honors, Perfect Attendance Award, Cadet Achievement Medal and Color Guard Award. Boudreaux also received the award of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

Cadet Mackenzie Buie-Grace: Cadet Achievement Medal, Leadership Excellence and the Recruiting Award.

Cadet Briyonna Collins: Cadet Honors Award, ROTC Honors, Intramural Sports Recognition and Leadership Excellence Award.

Cadet Jo Anna Fisher: Perfect Attendance Award.

Cadet Danny Hatcher: Cadet Honros Award and Color Guard Award.

Cadet Jessica A. Hooten: ROTC Honors and Leadership Excellence Award.

Cadet Christian Linn: Cadet Achievement Medal, Leadership Excellence Award and Recruiting Award.

Cadet Larancion Magee: Cadet Achievement Medal and Ranger Challenge Award. Magee is also receiving the award of the Military Order of the World Wars, which recognizes a freshman or sophomore who excels in military and scholastic aspects of the ROTC program and intends to continue in the ROTC program.

Cadet Christopher Pace: Cadet Achievement Medal, Leadership Excellence and the Recruiting Award.

Cadet Kendrick Shavers: Superior Cadet Award, Cadet Honors Award, ROTC Honors, Silver Medal Athlete, Intramural Sports Recognition Award, Perfect Attendance Award, Cadet Achievement Medal, Color Guard Award and Ranger Challenge Award. Shavers also received the Sons of the American Revolution Award, which recognizes a cadet who shows a high degree of merit with respect to leadership qualities, soldierly bearing and excellence.

Cadet Chrystal Smith: Cadet Honors Award and the award of the National Society of Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America.

Top cadets were recognized from each class who show academic and military leadership and demonstrate strong officer potential. The cadets volunteer, speak up, encourage others to improve and rise above their peers in an effort to build the program.

Top cadets are MS I Cadet Toby Boudreaux, MX II Cadet Karl Marzahl, MS III Cadet Savannah Carter and MS IV Cadet Shaffer Kimball. Kimball also received the Touchstone Award.

Boudreaux received the Jeanice Leadership and Excellence Scholarship that recognizes a cadet who is hardworking, loyal and dedicated and the Malcolm Daisy Scholarship awarded to a cadet who exhibits all Army values and volunteers on a regular basis. Cadets Kendrick Shivers, Kelsey Bolden, Savannah Carter and Danny Hatcher were named recipients of the James. A. Noe Memorial Scholarship awarded to cadets who display a high degree of leadership potential, moral conduct and support of the ROTC program.

2 thoughts on “ROTC cadets recognized for scholastic, military achievements

  1. Congratulations to all the cadets! A special shout out to my own two cadets, Michael K and Ronicia H.
    It was an honor to be at the ceremony and watch all of these student cadets receive their awards. Congratulations and good luck to MSG. Angel as you move on to your new duty station.

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