The SHSU Army Military Science Program took time to award its cadets for their hard work and training on Wednesday.
The ceremony began with Maj. Rosanna Dolphin, Battalion executive officer, thanking the university president and other distinguished guests for their attendance and support for the Battalion.
Lt. Col. Paul A. Mooneyham, Battalion commanding officer, and Fall Cadet Battalion Commander George Lindsey presented the awards to the cadets, as Dolphin read the history and requirements of each.
University President James Gaertner then congratulated the cadets.
The Bearkat Battalion awarded a total of 51 awards, covering such areas as academic excellence, outstanding military studies and leadership.
Fall Cadet Battalion Commander George Lindsey and Spring Cadet Battalion Commander Kristopher Gillett were presented with engraved sabers for their dedication and superior accomplishments as leaders in the program.
Gillett was also recognized as the recipient for the George C. Marshall Award, the highest award a cadet could receive.
Fourth-year cadet David McCormick and first-year cadet Tracy Lautzenheiser each received six awards, tying for the cadet receiving the most.
Third-year student Breg Hughes, first-year cadet Jeremy Kimball and fourth-year cadet Kristopher Gillett each received 5 awards.
The H. Edward and Ruth Stayner Memorial Award, which recognizes the outstanding senior cadet who demonstrates exemplary leadership skills and military proficiency, was awarded to cadet George Lindsey.
Third-year cadet Gesna Davis received the USAA Spirit Award, given to the cadet who best embodies the concept of service to the school, to the community and God.
Awards were also given to cadets for top scored in physical fitness, academic excellence and extra curricular participation.
Cadets’ family and friends were invited to take part in the ceremony and share this unique experience with them.
Many of the awards, plaques and scholarships were donated by valued community, state and national sponsors of the ROTC program and who all share an interest in the future of these cadets.
The award recipients were chosen based on their continued work through the semester as well as academic achievements and patriotism.
The ceremony concluded with the singing of the Army song, which reminds those in the Army of the soldiers who have served before and of their great sacrifice in service to their country.