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CASHS NJROTC Holds Awards Ceremony

The Chambersburg Area Senior High School Navy Junior ROTC held an awards ceremony on the evening of 23 April 2021 to recognize Cadets for Outstanding Performance in the current school year.  The NJROTC program has 80 Cadet in grades 9-12 at Chambersburg Area Senior High School.  Each year more than a dozen civic organizations recognize Cadet for outstanding academic, leadership and citizenship performance during the current school year.  The ceremony was presided over by guest of honor, Commander Robert James, USN, an active duty officer stationed with the Naval Supply Systems Command at Mechanicsburg, PA.  Before beginning the awards ceremony, Commander James administered the oath of office to those Cadet who chosen a career in the United States Armed Forces.  Recognized for their enlistment were

Chris Hammond  United States Marine Corps

Dalton Bohrer , United States Marine Corps

Aidan Coffey, United States Air Force


After the enlistments, the civic group awards were presented to the following Cadets


Cadet Nathan Vargas - The United States Navy League Theodore Roosevelt Youth Medal

Cadet Naomi Scott -  The Surface Navy Association Stephen Decatur Ribbon

Cadet Raudel Perez – The Surface Navy Association Stephen Decatur Medal

Cadet Jordan Smith -Daughters of the American Revolution Junior ROTC Medal. 

Cadet Jonathan McClure - Sons of the American Revolution Junior ROTC Medal

Cadet Joshua Mertz - American Veterans Junior ROTC Medal

Cadet Ethan Baker – Daedalian Junior ROTC Medal

Cadet Jessica Cockroft - Military Officers Association of America Junior ROTC Medal

Cadet Lucas Forslund - National Sojourners ROTC Medal

Cadet Ensign Mackenzie Oberholzer - Scottish Rite Award

Cadet Joshua Moon - VFW Scholastic Accomplishment Award

Cadet Silsa Quintanilla - VFW Leadership Award

Cadet Austin Holmes - Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks ROTC Youth Medal

Cadet Mason Smith - Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks ROTC Youth Medal

Cadet Desarie Bullock - National Naval Officer’s Association Award

Cadet Isaiah Sleighter - Reserve Organization of America Junior ROTC Medal

Cadet Melany Durazo - American Legion Scholastic Excellence Award

Cadet Keegan Lintner - American Legion General Military Excellence Award


Next to be recognized was the winner of the Post 46 American Legion Essay contest – Cadet Micaiah White.  Cadet White received a certificate and cash award for her essay on the 26th Amendment.  Cadet White also finished 2nd at the district level and received an additional certificate and cash award for that accomplishment.

Following the Civic Awards Presentation, several Cadets were recognized for excellence by the JROTC instructional staff. 

Key awards included Honor Cadet and Distinguished Cadet.  Honor Cadets are those Cadets with the single highest GPA in their year group and Distinguished Cadets are those Cadets with the strongest combined performance in the areas of academics, JROTC, civic involvement and military aptitude


Honor Cadets for 2021 were

First Year Cadet Mason Smith

Second Year Cadet Joshua Moon

Third Year Cadet Melany Durazo

Fourth Year Cadet Micaiah White


Distinguished Cadets for 2021 were

First Year Cadet Gabriel Putt

Second Year Cadet Joshua Mertz

Third Year Cadet Jessica Cockroft

Fourth Year Cadet Brayden Boyd


The final individual awards for the evening were the Area Manager Cadet Achievement Awards.  The Cadet Achievement award is the highest aptitude based recognition a Cadet can earn.  Awards are made to selected Cadet by the NJROTC Area Manager based on Instructor recommendations.  Receiving the Cadet Achievement Award for 2021 were

Cadet Micaiah White

Cadet Joseph Rutledge

Cadet Brayden Boyd.

Additional recognitions were provided during the ceremony with 58 individual awards being bestosed upon CASHS NJROTC CADETS.

Following the individual awards, the CASHS Cadet Leadership presented the final award of the evening, the Honor Platoon Trophy.  Each year the Cadets in the four platoons compete in academics, drill, uniform appearance, civic involvement, and physical fitness.  The Cadet Company Staff evaluates each platoon throughout the year to determine the overall Honor Platoon recipient.  For 2021, Sixth Platoon, led by Cadet Ensign Ethan Baker and Cadet Chief Petty Officer Silsa Quintanilla, was designated the CASHS Honor Platoon.

The awards ceremony was followed by a formal cake cutting presentation and banquet.