Source: Adam McKee, 785-532-6600, almckee@k-state.edu
Hometown connection: Augusta,Haysville, Junction City, Lansing, Leavenworth, Linwood, Logan, Manhattan, Overland Park, Paola, Salina, Shawnee, Valley Center, Wakefield and Wichita, Kan.; Council Bluffs, Iowa; Kansas City and Liberty, Mo.; and Grand Island and Papillion, Neb.
News release prepared by: Beth Bohn, 785-532-2535, bbohn@k-state.edu

Friday, Dec. 9, 2011

Saluting excellence: ROTC units honor cadets for outstanding work in the classroom and field

MANHATTAN -- Outstanding academic and military performance has earned several cadets with Kansas State University's Air Force and Army ROTC programs honors.

The students were recognized at a joint awards ceremony Dec. 1 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.

* American Legion Scholastic Excellence Award, for having 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.

* 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.

* The Wildcat, a new award sponsored by First Command Financial Services that recognizes meritorious achievement, improvement and inspirational leadership.

Students earning honors include:

David Sage, sophomore in political science, Augusta, American Legion Scholastic Excellence silver award, Air Force ROTC.

From Greater Kansas City: Kathryn Blair, senior in geography, Kansas City, Mo., Daughters of the American Revolution Award, Air Force ROTC; Adam Chinery, freshman in civil engineering, American Legion Scholastic Excellence bronze award, Air Force ROTC, and David Simons, sophomore in business administration, Outstanding General Military Cadet of the Semester award, Air Force ROTC, both from Overland Park; and Christopher Swain, senior in history, Shawnee, American Legion Military Excellence gold award, Air Force ROTC.

Austen Mundell, junior in history, Haysville, Military Officers Association of America Award, Air Force ROTC; Jacob Wright, sophomore in athletic training, Junction City, American Legion Scholastic Excellence silver award, Army ROTC; Greg Bremser, junior in industrial engineering, American Legion Military Excellence gold award, Army ROTC, and Ryan Easterling, senior in English and pre-law, Army ROTC Cadet of the Semester award, both from Lansing; Jesse Jenkins, junior in history, Leavenworth, American Veterans Award, Air Force ROTC; Joshua Oelschlaeger, senior in political science, Linwood, American Legion Military Excellence gold award, Army ROTC; Jessica Zillinger, senior in agricultural economics, Logan, Wildcat award, Air Force ROTC.

From Manhattan: Alexis Giedel, sophomore in history, Daughters of the American Revolution Award, Army ROTC; Patrick Rourke, sophomore in sociology, American Legion Military Excellence gold award, Air Force ROTC; and Villa Landavazo, sophomore in political science and professional pilot, Army ROTC Cadet of the Semester award.

Kyle Deitrich, junior in political science and pre-law, Paola, Wildcat award, Army ROTC; Tanner Heaton, senior in marketing, Salina, American Legion Scholastic Excellence gold award, Air Force ROTC; Raleigh Clark, freshman in political science, American Legion Scholastic Excellence bronze award, Army ROTC, and Tyler Lohmann, senior in mechanical engineering, American Legion Scholastic Excellence gold award, Air Force ROTC, both from Valley Center; Joshua Cox, freshman in history and pre-law, Wakefield, American Legion Military Excellence bronze award, Army ROTC.

From Wichita: Alex Augustyniewicz, sophomore in environmental design, American Legion Military Excellence bronze award, Air Force ROTC; Lauren Palmquist, junior in fine arts, American Veterans Award, Army ROTC; and Megan Walden, sophomore in industrial engineering, American Legion Military Excellence silver award, Army ROTC.

From out of state:

Jackson Dick, senior in sociology, Council Bluffs, Iowa, American Legion Scholastic Excellence gold award, Army ROTC; Austin Peterson, freshman in sociology, Liberty, Mo., Military Officers Association of America Award, Army ROTC; Erica Iversen, sophomore in park management and conservation, Grand Island, Neb., American Legion Military Excellence silver award, Air Force ROTC; and Scott Johnson, junior in political science, Papillion, Neb., American Legion Scholastic Excellence gold award, Army ROTC.