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Source: Adam McKee, 785-532-6600, almckee@k-state.edu
Note to editor: Matthew Henry and Jacob Mattern are both graduates of Olathe Northwest High School.

Monday, Dec. 6, 2010

ROTC CADETS EARN HONORS FOR EXCELLENCE

MANHATTAN -- Cadets in Kansas State University's Army and Air Force ROTC programs are earning honors for outstanding academic and military performance.

The students were recognized at a joint awards ceremony Dec. 2 for K-State's Air Force ROTC Detachment 270 and Army ROTC Wildcat Battalion.

Awards presented included:

* American Legion Military Excellence Award, for general military excellence. Army cadets also earn the honor for the highest military fitness score.

* American Legion Scholastics Excellence Award, for demonstrated scholastic achievement by earning the highest grade point average in each respective class year.

* Daughters of the American Revolution Award, to an outstanding junior or senior cadet at each ROTC unit who ranks in the upper 25 percent of both their class and institution's graduating class, and who demonstrates dependability and good character, adherence to military discipline, leadership ability, and understanding of the importance of ROTC training. For Army ROTC, this award also recognizes the best female cadet in the color guard.

* American Veterans Award, for diligence in the discharge of duties and willingness to serve the country.

* The Military Officers Association of America Award, to an outstanding junior cadet at each ROTC unit who shows exceptional potential for military leadership.

* Outstanding Air Force ROTC General Military Cadet of the Semester, for overall excellence.

* Army ROTC Cadets of the Semester, for overall excellence

Students earning honors include:

Wade Scribner, senior in biology, Andover, American Legion Scholastic Excellence Award, Air Force ROTC; Mark Bohme, sophomore in mechanical engineering, Atwood, American Legion Military Excellence Award, Air Force ROTC; Robert Kessler, sophomore in geography, Benton, Military Officers Association of America Award, Army ROTC; Christopher Robinette, senior in criminology, Cedar Vale, American Legion Military Excellence Award, Army ROTC; Scott Mall, sophomore in professional pilot, Clay Center, American Legion Scholastic Excellence Award, Air Force ROTC; Lawrence Moss, sophomore in biology, Junction City, Army ROTC Cadet of the Semester.

Geoffrey Bradbeer, sophomore in history, American Legion Scholastic Excellence Award, and Andrew Davis, freshman in political science, American Legion Scholastic Excellence Award, both from Leavenworth and both in Army ROTC; Joshua Oelschlaeger, junior in political science, Linwood, American Legion Military Excellence Award, Army ROTC; Kipton Burba, senior in history, Manhattan, American Legion Scholastic Excellence Award, Army ROTC; Matthew Henry, sophomore in computer engineering, American Legion Military Excellence Award, and Jacob Mattern, freshman in criminology, American Legion Military Excellence Award, both from Olathe and both in Air Force ROTC; Katherine Maier, senior in apparel marketing, Ottawa, Daughters of the American Revolution Award, Air Force ROTC; Joseph Mollenkamp, junior in mechanical engineering, Topeka, Military Officers Association of American Award, Air Force ROTC; Tyler Lohmann, junior in mechanical engineering, Valley Center, American Legion Scholastic Excellence Award, Air Force ROTC.

From Wichita: Samuel Felts, freshman in history, American Veterans Award, Air Force ROTC; Stephanie Keith, freshman in anthropology, Daughters of the American Revolution Award, Army ROTC; Lauren Palmquist, sophomore in digital arts, American Legion Military Excellence Award, Army ROTC; and Jeremiah Reed, sophomore in software engineering, Outstanding General Military Course Cadet of the Semester, Air Force ROTC.

From out of state: Alexis Geidel, freshman in secondary education, Frankfort, Ill., American Legion Military Excellence Award, Army ROTC; Justin Clark, freshman in mechanical engineering, St. Louis, Mo., American Legion Scholastic Excellence Award, Air Force ROTC; Alexander Copeland, senior in economics, St. Peters, Mo., American Legion Military Excellence Award, Air Force ROTC; Rosita Fregoso, senior in social sciences, Belton, Texas, Army ROTC Cadet of the Semester; John Allred, senior in music, Bountiful, Utah, American Veterans Award, Army ROTC; and Ryan Gardner, junior in family studies and human services, Whitehall, Wis., American Legion Scholastic Excellence Award, Army ROTC.