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      Ottumwa JROTC students recognized at awards ceremony


      Ottumwa JROTC students were honored at the 18th annual awards ceremony Monday evening. A total of 14 different national organizations, including Amvets, the VFW and the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution, presented awards to 16 cadets and 36 cadets received awards from local organizations.


      The Bulldog Battalion, Color Guard teams and Raider team have been busy competing at invitationals across the state. The awards ceremony is a good way to cap off a year of hard work.





      "We ended our drill season the 5th of April, we started our Raider season the 5th of April, so essentially all winter, we've been on the go," said Chief John Wynn. "We went right into spring and every weekend, we're away with the Raiders. So this is a way really to culminate all that. It's the end of our seasons and it's a way to recognize these kids and to finish the school year off on a good note."


      Garrett Orwig was recognized as Cadet of the Year. To be eligible for that award, a student must have a 4.0 GPA in JROTC, a 2.5 GPA or higher in other high school classes and be nominated for Cadet of the Quarter, among other qualifications.


      Next for the JROTC program is their Cadet Ball next weekend.


      The full list of award recipients is as follows:


      Physical Fitness Awards:


      Female -


      1) Monica Aparicio, 2) Alayna Hubbard, 3) Kateland McKeag, 4) Angela Cortes, 5) Lois Ivey


      Male -


      1) Sebastian Silva, 2) Colin Vandello, 3) Richard Davis, 4) Riley Wynn, 5) Nick Sheehy


      The Daedalion Award: Harry McVey


      The Reserve Officer Association Medal: Julietta Ibarra


      The Military Order of World Wars: Ammari Rayos


      The American Veterans of WWII, Korea and Vietnam: Angela Cortes


      The Sojourners Award: Nathan Robinson


      The Military Officers of America: Ryker Tharp


      The Non-Commissioned Officers Association Award: Morgan Houston


      The Military Order of the Purple Heart: Karoline Moreira


      Daughters of the American Revolution: Monica Carapia


      American Legion - Scholastic Excellence: Lance Breon


      American Legion - Military Excellence: Sebastian Silva


      Sons of the American Revolution: Aaron Arguello


      Veterans of Foreign Wars: Silver: Corbin Ash, Bronze: Michael Akers


      U.S. Army Recruiting Command Award: Male - Christian Garrett, Female - Monica Aparicio


      Most Improved Raider Team Member: Aaron Arguello


      Distinguished Service Ribbon (N-3-13): Jacqueline Aparicio, Caitlynn Belz, Nick Boyer, Kane Braumbaugh, Savanah Davidson, Breanna Kellar, Anthony Jessop, Cody Luke, Joseph Lyons, Caroline McDowell, Trevor Medina, William Meyer, Rachael O'Connor, Lyset Rivera, William Taylor and Riley Wynn


      Good Conduct Medal (N-3-10): Levi Brunk, Seirrah Davidson, Christopher Stavely


      Superior Cadet Awards: Let 1- Cadet Alexis Young, Let 2 - Cadet Christopher Mills, Let 3- Cadet Magen Simmons, Let 4 - Kyle Courtney


      Cadet of the Year: Garrett Orwig

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