Winners of CFF’s
2015 JROTC Award for
Excellence in Academics

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Winners of the Celebrate Freedom Foundation JROTC Award for Excellence in Academics for 2015

The Celebrate Freedom Foundation offered an optional component to this year’s JROTC Award for Excellence in Academics — an essay contest. The following cadets wrote and submitted 450-word essays to explain “why it is important to promote patriotism, honor the military—past, present and future—and for America’s students, especially JROTC cadets, to excel in academics.”

The Blue Star Mothers of South Carolina evaluated all of the essays and selected the following cadets who won this year’s JROTC Award to receive additional recognition as follows:

 

Winners of the JROTC Award for Excellence in Academics

Won with Highest Distinction


C/CPL Dayana Y. Pena
JFK High School AJROTC
San Antonio, TX

 
Won with Distinction
 
C/PO3 Lakina Brooks
Bishop Kenny High School
NJROTC
Jacksonville, FL
C/SrA Keawe C. Chun
Air Academy High School
AFJROTC
USAF Academy, CO
C/2LT Joselyn Palacios-Campos
James Monroe High School
AJROTC
North Hills, CA
C/2LT Ken K. Ross
Desert Senior High School
AFJROTC
Edwards, CA
Won with Merit
 
C/CMSgt Taylor J. Abrahams
James F. Byrnes High School
AFJROTC
Duncan, SC
C/Maj Byron K. Carroll
Ola High School
AFJROTC
McDonough, GA
C/2nd Lt Jared Castaneda
Saint Louis School Hawaii
AJROTC
Honolulu, HI
     
C/2nd Lt Micah P. Haack
East Henderson High School
AFJROTC
E. Flat Rock, NC
C/A1C Cyrus Lesko
Randolph-Macon Academy
AFJROTC
Front Royal, VA
Cadet Chief Megan Purdue
Summerville High School
NJROTC
Summerville, SC
     
C/A1C Amber Sinclair
Jeffersonville High School
AFJROTC
Jeffersonville, IN
C/2nd Lt Patrick Speers
Golden Valley High School
AFJROTC
Santa Clarita, CA
C/A1C Julio Torres
Smyrna High School
AFJROTC
Smyrna, DE
     

     
Winners of the JROTC Award for Excellence in Academics
     

C/SSG Eric D. Aguilar

Verdugo Hills High School

AJROTC

Santa Clara, CA

Cadet Bridget Ambrose

Sarasota  Military Academy

AJROTC

Sarasota, FL

Cadet Airman Iselay Ytzaly Anaya

Western High School, NV-091

AFJROTC

Las Vegas, NV

C/SrA Olivia Anderson

Beebe High School

AFJROTC

Beebe, AR

C/Maj Michael Andino

Cooper High School 

AFJROTC

Abilene, TX

C/Sgt Leshunah Anthony

Valley Jr/Sr High School

AJROC

New Kensington, PA

Cadet Kingston Armstrong

Socastee High School

AFJROTC

Myrtle Beach, SC

Cadet Orlando Aquino

Danbury High School

AFJROTC

Danbury, CT

C/A1C Alex Auffart

Abraham Lincoln High School

AFJROTC

Council Bluffs, VA

C/TSGT Jared Baker

Jackson Memorial High School

AFJROTC

Jackson, NJ

C/Sgt Brandon A. Bell

L.V. Berkner High School

AJROTC

Richardson, TX

C/SSgt Benjamin J. Bennett

North Stafford High School

AFJROTC

Stafford, VA

C/PFC Samantha M. Blanton

Plano West Senior High School

AJROTC

Plano, TX

C/SSgt Jared Brandt

North Penn High School

AFJROTC

Glenmoore, PA

C/SFC Andrew Brenneis

Copperas Cove High School

AJROTC

Copperas Cove, TX

C/1LT Rachel Brouillet

Olympic High School

AJROTC

Charlotte, NC

C/ENS Adam Broussard

West Feliciana High School

NJROTC

St. Francisville, LA

Cadet Caitlin Buchan

Socastee High School

AFJROTC

Myrtle Beach, SC

C/MSgt Christopher Butler

Hamilton High School

AFJROTC

Chandler, AZ

C/P02 Patrick Cahill

Pace Navy

NJROTC

Pace, FL

C/SFC Jacob Matthew Cain

Preston High School

AJROTC

Kingwood, WV

C/SRA Nicholas Cannella

Martin County High School

AFJROTC

Stuart, FL

C/PO3 Melonie J. Carson

Batrop High School

NJROTC

Bastrop, TX

Cadet Harrison A. Charlton

Ramstein American High School

AFJROTC

Germany

C/SFC Lauryn Chatman

North Bullitt High School 

AJROTC

Shepherdsville, KY

C/2LT Heather Cherry

Splendora High School

AFJROTC

Splendora, TX

C/SSG Jackie Cheung

Marion High School

AJROTC

Marion, IN

C/SN Alex W. Chui

Greenville Senior High School

NJROTC

Greenville, OH

C/SrA April N. Conley

Russell High School

AFJROTC

Russell, KY

Cadet Ivory Cooper

Socastee High School

AFJROTC

Myrtle Beach, SC

Cadet Seaman Dominick Cordova

Santa Fe High School

NJROTC

Santa Fe, NM

C/SrA Walter Cunningham

Blue Springs High School

AFJROTC

Blue Springs, MO

C/SA Abigail Cutshall

North Augusta High School

NJROTC

North Augusta, SC

C/PO1 Donovan James Dabney

Great Mills High School

NJROTC

Great Mills, MD

Cadet Alejandro M. Davila

Ramstein American High School

AFJROTC

Germany

C/SFC John T. Davis

Allen County Scottsville High School

AJROTC

Scottsville, KY

C/SrA Olivia Davis

SC-941 D.W. Daniel High School

AFJROTC

Central, SC

C/A1C Emily Dean

Sunnyslope High School

AFJROTC

Phoenix, AZ

C/SMSgt Veronica Dejesus

Celebration High School

AFJROTC

Celebration, FL

Cadet Ensign Marco Del Campo

Marysville

NJROTC

Marysville, WA

C/MSgt Christian Directo

Shadow Ridge High School

AFJROTC

Las Vegas, NV

Cadet Alec Dowd

Socastee High School

AFJROTC

Myrtle Beach, SC

C/AMN Bryanna K. Dunaway

Eustis High School

AFJROTC

Eustis, FL

C/SRA Tori Ellis

North Gwinnett High School

AF/JROTC

Suwanee, GA

C/CPO Melvin Emery

West Feliciana High School

NJROTC

St. Francisville, LA

C/SA Garrett English

Strom Thurmond High School

NJROTC

Johnston, SC

C/CPL Ramon Escalara

Thunderbolt Regiment

AJROTC

Vidalia, GA

C/A1C Ethan Espinoza

Alice High School

AFJROTC

Alice, TX

Cadet Johnathan M. Fancher

Ramstein American High School

AFJROTC

Germany

C/CPT Irma Fashbaugh

Lillie B. Williamson High School

AJROTC

Mobile, AL

C/Major Jacobie A. Fayne

LeFlore Magnet High School 

AJROTC

Mobile, AL

C/SSgt Sergeant Michael Feroah

Sequoyah High School

AFJROTC

Canton, GA

C/MSgt Julienne S. Ferrer

Scripps Ranch High School

AFJROTC

San Diego, CA

C/PO3 Darlene C. Fisher

Batrop High School

NJROTC

Bastrop, TX

C/SMSgt Chase Flatau

Huntsville High School

AFJROTC

Huntsville, AL

C/SrA Jacob Galloway

Wharton High School

AFJROTC

Wharton, TX

C/SGT Jani Gant

Howard High School

AJROTC

Ellicott City, MD

C/PO2 Mathieu Gazaille

Hillgrove High School

NJROTC

Powder Springs, GA

C/PFC Daisy Girl

Mt. Diablo High School

AJROTC

Concord, CA

C/SGT William Golden

Kearny High AJROTC

AJROTC

San Diego, CA

C/1LT Christopher Gozum

Olympic High School

AJROTC

Charlotte, NC

C/2Lt Kyla Grant

Langham Creek High School

AFJROTC

Houston, TX

C/2nd Lt Aaliyah D. Gray

Raymond High School

AFJROTC

Brandon, MS

C/PO2 Tania Guerrero

Graphics Campus

NJROTC 

New York, NY

Cadet Niles J. Haibach

Bellbrook High School

AFJROTC

Beavercreek, OH

C/SSgt Jacey Halfhill

Laurel Highlands High School

AFJROTC

Uniontown, PA

C/SMSgt Mark Hall

Henley High School

AFJROTC

Klamath Falls, OR

C/CPL Jalan Hamilton

Thunderbolt Regiment

AJROTC

Vidalia, GA

C/PFC Ashley Harpe

Thunderbolt Regiment

AJROTC

Vidalia, GA

C/SFC Niaya Harris

Metter High School

AJROTC

Metter, GA

C/CPL Gillian K. Henry

Topeka West High School

AJROTC

Topeka, KS

C/PO2 Kayla Hensley

Sahuarita High School

NJROTC

Sahuaritta, AZ

Cadet Nathan Hernandez

Crestwood High School

AFJROTC

Sumter, SC

C/SrA Noah Hume

Tuachan High School

AFJROTC

St. George, UT

C/1LT Djorkaeff Iribe

Esperanza High School 

AFJROTC

Anaheim, CA

C/PO3 Roman Jackson

Hillgrove High School

NJROTC

Powder Springs, GA

C/TSGT Mark Jacob

Temecula Valley High School

AFJROTC

Temecula, CA

C/2LT Paris Michelle Jacobs

Cahokia High School

AJROTC

Cahokia, IL

C/CPT Jason Evan Jarvis

Alma Bryant High School

AJROTC

Mobile, AL

C/SrA Cameron D. Jolley

Bay High School

AFJROTC

Youngstown, FL

C/PO3 Ahriel Jones

West Feliciana High School

NJROTC

St. Francisville, LA

Cadet Ethan M. Jurgensen

Ramstein American High School

AFJROTC

Germany

C/CPL Varun Kammula

Olympic High School

AJROTC

Charlotte, NC

C/CPT Tanner Kelly

Northgate High School

AFJROTC

Newman, GA

C/TSgt Micheala Danielle Kerley

Ridgeland High School

AFJROTC

Rossville, GA

C/2nd Lt Brian L. Knox

Albert P. Brewer High School

AJROTC

Somerville, AL

Cadet SRA Lawson R. Lacomba

SC-071 Irmo High School

AFJROTC

Irmo, SC

C/SrA Alexis M. Lay

Rosamond High School

AFJROTC

Rosamond, CA

C/ENS Clarenisha Layton

West Feliciana High School

NJROTC

St. Francisville, LA

Cadet Huyen Le

Oak Grove High School

AFJROTC

San Jose, CA

Cadet Capt. Jessica Lerille

Gulf Breeze High

AFJROTC

Gulf Breeze, FL

C/SFC Shandrea D. Lockhart

DM Therrell High School

AJROTC

Atlanta, GA

C/Maj Jazmin Lofton

Southern Wayne High School

AFJROTC

Dudley, NC

C/CPT Jadan Demetrius Lott

Ben C. Rain High School

AJROTC

Mobile, AL

C/CPT Viniah Mack

Jack Britt High School

AJROTC

Fayetteville, NC

C/AMN Austin Manchester

Chocktaw High School

AFJROTC

Choctaw, OK

C/PO3 Lyan Marquez

West Feliciana High School

NJROTC

St. Francisville, LA

C/SSgt Carlos Martinez

Middleton High School

AFJROTC

Tampa, FL

C/Col Hannah Mathis

Gilbert High School

AFJROTC

Gilbert, AZ

C/SrA Amanda Marie McQueen

Scott County High School

AFJROTC

Georgetown, KY

C/SFC Demonica McFarland

West Point High School

AJROTC

West Point, MS

Cadet Benjamin Mears

Cary High School

NJROTC

Cary, NC

C/A1C Melissa Mendoza

Bolingbrook High School

AFJROTC

Bolingbrook, IL

C/ENS Jose Mijangos

Monterey High School 

NJROTC

Monterey, CA

C/SFC Shameka Monia Miller

C.F. Vigor High School

AJROTC

Prichardm, AL

C/CPO Satyam Mistry

Central High School

NJROTC

Knoxville, TN

Cadet Joseph Moore

Mitchell County High School

AFJROTC

Camilla, GA

C/CPO Kirsten Morrison

West Feliciana High School

NJROTC

St. Francisville, LA

C/PFC Tyranee Jahale Mose

Mattie T. Blount High School

AJROTC

Eight Mile, AL

C/A1C Gianna Natalie

PA-791 McDowell High School

AFJROTC

Erie, PA

C/Major Mya F. Neal

Rockingham County High School

AFJROTC

Reidsville, NC

C/CPT Christopher Scott Norman

Citronelle High School

AJROTC

Citronelle, AL

C/LT Hanah Ogden

Western New York Maritime Charter School

NJROTC

Buffalo,  NY

C/PO1 Gerardine Pascual

Marysville

NJROTC

Marysville, WA

C/SSG Punit Patel

Atholton High School

AJROTC

Columbia, MD

C/CPL Dayana Y. Pena

JFK High School

AJROTC

San Antonio, TX

C/Lt Col Jose L. Perea

Rio Hondo High School

AFJROTC

Rio Hondo, TX

Cadet Capt. Xavier Phipps

NC-945 Southwest Edgecombe High

AFJROTC

Pinetops, NC

C/SrA Jason Pile

SC-954 Wade Hampton High School

AFJROTC

Greenville, SC

C/SFC Priscilla Polanco

Albertville High School

AJROTC

Albertville, AL

Cadet Matthew J. Pollmiller

Ramstein American High School

AFJROTC

Germany

C/MSG Richard Kanan Prior, Jr.

Theodore High School

AJROTC

Theodore, AL

C/LTjg Ni Amoo Quaye

Charles W. Flanagan High School

NJROTC

Pembroke Pines, FL

C/SRA Clayten M. Ragen

Sumter High School

AFJROTC

Sumter, SC

C/SSgt Brenden Reynaert

Canyon High School

AFJROTC

New Braunfels, TX

Cadet Christopher Ridgill

Lakewood High School

AFJROTC

Sumter, SC

C/ENS Danielle Rowe

Woodlawn High School

NJROTC

Baltimore, MD

Cadet Amelia Realzda

Hueneme High School

NJROTC

Oxnard, CA

C/SFC Alexander Blake Reed

Mary G. Montgomery High School

AJROTC

Semmes, AL

C/SSgt Charles Robinette

Lincolnton High School

AFJROTC

Lincolnton, NC

C/LCDR Alexis Robinson

Andy Kekaney High School

NJROTC

Houston, TX

C/SN Samankha C. Ries

Batrop High School

NJROTC

Bastrop, TX

C/1LT Megan E. Roberts

Albert P. Brewer High School

AJROTC

Somerville, AL

C/Cpt Rylie Ruiz

Soddy Daisy High School

AJROTC

Hixson, TN

Cadet Kenneth Ruppert

South Florence High School

NJROTC

Florence, SC

C/A1C Michael Ruria

Riverside High School

AFJROTC

Durham, NC

Cadet Corporal Pedro Santiago

Antilles High School

AJROTC

Ft. Buchanan, Puerto Rico

C/TSgt Hailey M. Schoch

Henry J. Kaiser 

AFJROTC

Honolulu, HI

Cadet Cory J. Sheldon

Bellbrook High School

AFJROTC

Beavercreek, OH

C/2LT Nicholas Shimala

Richmond Hill High School

AJROTC

Richmond Hill, GA

C/SFC Ashia Shipman

Thunderbolt Regiment

AJROTC

Vidalia, GA

C/Cpt Tyrin Shupp

Carthage Central High School

AJROTC

Carthage, NY

C/2LT Shannon E. Silk

Dixie M. Hollins High School

NJROTC

St. Petersburg, FL

C/Amn Jonathan I. Silva

Bainbridge High School

AFJROTC

Bainbridge, GA

C/Capt Hunter Simmons

Franklin County High School

AFJROTC

Rocky Mount, VA

C/PFC Randi Smith

Interlachen High School

AJROTC

Interlachen, FL

Cadet Dina Sosa

Aldine Senior High School

AFJROTC

Houston, TX

C/SSgt Dominick Spanler

Enid High School 

AFJROTC

Enid, OK

C/CPL Hope Y. Stancec

Beaver Area High School

AJROTC

Monaca, PA

C/A1C Sydney Stanley

South Charleston High School

AFJROTC

S. Charleston, WV

Cadet Randle J. Steinbeck

Ramstein American High School

AFJROTC

Germany

C/SSgt Jacob Steward

Alton High School 

AFJROTC

Alton, IL

C/PFC Gabriel S. Super

Riverview High

AJROTC

Sarasota, FL

C/SrA Jayden Stuver

Provo High School

AFJROTC

Provo, UT

C/SRCPO Wilbert Sweeny

W.P. Davidson High School

NJROTC

Mobile, AL

Cadet Ensign Justin Taylor

Manchester West High School

NJROTC

Manchester, NH

Cadet Major Emalea Thielbar

Pekin Community High School

AJROTC

Pekin, IL

C/SRA Mickenzee Thomas

Midview High School

AFJROTC

Grafton, OH

C/SrA Cole A. Thompson

Douglas High School

AFJROTC

Box Elder, SD

Cadet Dillon L. Thompson

Ramstein American High School

AFJROTC

Germany

C/SSgt Shannon Timmons

The Calhoun School

AJROTC

Letohatchee, AL

C/SSG Travis T. Tomlinson

Canyon Lake High School

AJROTC

Fischer, TX

C/CPO Michael Threlfall

Northern High School

NJROTC

Owings, MD

Cadet Staff Sergeant Krista Tungett

North Bullitt High School 

AJROTC

Shepherdsville, KY

C/AMN Robert Turner

Mediva Valley High School

AFJROTC

Castroville, TX

C/CMSgt Nicholas A. Twilley

Casey County High School

AFJROTC

Liberty, TX

C/PO3 Maria G. Udave

Batrop High School

NJROTC

Bastrop, TX

Cadet Anthony J. Velazquez

Ramstein American High School

AFJROTC

Germany

C/1LT Estefania Vallejo

Horizon High School

AJROTC

El Paso, TX

C/1LT Robin C. Viall

Olympic High School Army

AJROTC

Charlotte, NC

C/A1C Regis Vang

MN-20061

AFJROTC

North St. Paul, MN

C/TSgt Juan Villanueva

Corsicana High School

AFJROTC

Corsicana, TX

C/Capt Robert VonKamp

Coldspring-Oakhurst High School

AFJROTC

Coldspring, TX

C/Lt. Col. Max Walker

Tift County High School

AFJROTC

Tifton, GA

C/SSgt Patrick Watabe

Hamilton High School

AFJROTC

Chandler, AZ

C/PO1 Franklin S. Wells

Manchester West High School

NJROTC

Manchester, NH

C/AMN Jessica M. Weisensale

Rutherford High School

AFJROTC

Panama City, FL

C/2LT Brian Westover

Norwin High School

AFJROTC

North Huntingdon, PA

Cadet Tyra Willis

45-30 36th St.

AFJROTC

Long Island City, NY

Cadet Spencer L. Woller

Ramstein American High School

AFJROTC

Germany

C/SrA Jason Wright

FL-954 Lake Brantley High School

AFJROTC

Altamonte Springs, FL

C/Maj Megan Elizabeth Wright

Baker High School

AJROTC

Mobile, AL

C/CPT Patrick Fitzgerald Wright

Samuel S. Murphy High School

AJROTC

Mobile, AL

C/A1C Dellon T. Yang

Park High School

AFJROTC

Cottage Grove, MN

C/A1C Nicholas Zipp

Sequoyah High School

AFJROTC

Canton, GA

     
       
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