Cadets receive honors
Cadets, parents and representatives from assorted civic organizations and various branches of the military gathered April 28 at the Horizon Casino Resort. The ocassion was the sixth annual South Tahoe High School Naval Junioe ROTC Navy Ball and Awards Ceremony.
Former Mayor Margo Osti sang the national anthem to open the program, which was followed by a dinner and awards ceremony, summary of the unit’s achievements by NJROTC coordinator Lt. Cmdr. Matt Williams, the presentation of shadow boxes to graduating cadets, toasts to the five military services, a cake-cutting ceremony, crowning of cadet royalty and a three-hour dance.
The cadets selected Chad Cason as Navy Ball king, Mary Griffin as queen, Jerrel “JT” Reece as prince and Andrea Ducker as princess. Those cadets who received medals and certificates for their academic, athletic, leadership and NJROTC accomplishments included:
Varsity Shooting Team High-Average Award – Mary Griffin and Matt Hock (tie.)
Academic Team High-Average Award – JT Reece and Ranson Burford (tie.)
National Society Sons of the American Revolution Leadership Medal – Robbie Florentine.
National Society Sons of the American Revolution Bronze Medal for Conduct – Larry Frye.
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Achievement Medal – Luis Gomez and Bernardo Flores.
Military Order of the World Wars Academic Achievement Medal – Ransom Burford.
Stephen Decatur Academic Award – Kimberyl Vizcaino.
Navy League Outstanding Youth Medal – Ben Yang.
The Retired Officers Association Academic and Leadership Medal – Kyle Smith.
Daedalians Academic and Professional Excellence Medal – Chad Cason.
American Veterans Outstanding Military Proficiency Medal – Aricela Ramos.
Military Order of the Purple Hearts Academic Excellence Medal – JT Reece.
American Legion Scholastic Excellence Medal – Freddie Ferrer.
American Legion Military Excellence Medal – Larry Frye.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Academic and Leadership Medal – Ben Yang.
Reserve Officers Association Achievement Medal – Ransom Burford, Matt Hock and Robert Mitchell.
The South Tahoe High School NJROTC unit has been in existence since 1995. This year the unit was able to visit various naval commands in San Diego during a five-day orientation trip, send cadets to mini-boot camp at Naval Air Station Fallon and at Lake Mead, take field trips to the Reno Air Races and the ROTC program at the University of Californa, Berkeley, take first place in its rifle marksmanship league and finish 11th place out of nearly 900 teams in the Navy national academic championships.
South Tahoe cadets have provided over a thousand hours of community service to campus clean-ups, the Tahoe Marathon and Special Olympics. In March they won two third-place trophies at the Reed High School drill competition and in April cadets won three first-place trophies at the Churchill County High School athletic meet. Recently, South Tahoe cadets took first-place honors at the Viking Challenge Orienteering meet.
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