Source: Ryan Gardner, gardner1@k-state.edu
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News release prepared by: Stephanie Murray, 785-532-2535, media@k-state.edu

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Saluting excellence: Air Force, Army ROTC cadets earn awards for outstanding performance

MANHATTAN -- Kansas State's Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC units are recognizing cadets who displayed outstanding leadership, character and academics during the 2011-2012 school year.

Cadets who have received special awards include:

David Sage, sophomore in political science, Augusta, Air Force ROTC, National Sojourners Award; Jordan Kraus, freshman in history, Bonner Springs, Army ROTC, Reserve Officer Association Award; James Mikaloff, junior in construction science, De Soto, Army ROTC, Reserve Officer Association Award; Greg Miller, senior in psychology, Downs, Army ROTC, Military Order of the World Wars; Andrew Davis, sophomore in political science, Fort Leavenworth, Army ROTC, 2nd Lt. Mike Goins Memorial Scholarship Award; Benjamin Gettler, sophomore in photography, Army ROTC, Military Order of the World Wars, and Joseph Reichard, junior in history, Army ROTC, David W. Smartt and Marisol Castaneto Army ROTC Scholarship Award, both from Fort Scott; Riley Dark, freshman in history, Fredonia, Air Force ROTC, Military Order of the World Wars.

From Greater Kansas City: David Simons, junior in economics, Overland Park, Air Force ROTC, Reserve Officer Association Award; and Gabriel Bensel, senior in animal sciences and industry, Army ROTC, First Command Wildcat Award, and Christopher Swain, senior in history, Air Force ROTC, Reserve Officer Association Award, both from Shawnee.

Austen Mundell, junior in history, Haysville, Air Force ROTC, Sons of the American Revolution Award; Kyle Fitch, sophomore in criminology, Highland, Army ROTC, Brig. Gen. Bruce A. Adams Army ROTC Scholarship Award; Kolton Smith, freshman in agribusiness, Holcomb, Army ROTC,Sgt. S. Riggins Memorial Scholarship Award; Lawrence Moss, junior in psychology, Army ROTC, Sons of the American Revolution Award, and Jacob Wright, junior in athletic training, Army ROTC,Superior Cadet Decoration Award, both from Junction City; Christian Maude, junior in secondary education, Kingman, Air Force ROTC, USAA Spirit Award and the Grimm Scholarship.

From Leavenworth: Candice Edwards, senior in management, Army ROTC, Military Order of the Purple Heart Award; Melissa Graves, freshman in kinesiology, Army ROTC, Superior Cadet Decoration Award; Jesse Jenkins, junior in history, Air Force ROTC, Asivadalokchai Scholarship; Brian Lee, sophomore in mechanical engineering, Army ROTC, Tyler Houdek Memorial Scholarship Award; Samuel Metivier, sophomore in criminology, Army ROTC, Ivy Fuller Olds Scholarship Award; Morgan Moxley, freshman in public relations, Army ROTC,Military Order of the World Wars; and Dylan Wendt, freshman in history, Army ROTC, National Sojourners Award.

Tanner Lott, junior in mechanical engineering, Lindsborg, Air Force ROTC, Military Order of the World Wars; Jessica Zillinger, senior in agricultural economics, Logan, Air Force ROTC, Military Order of the World Wars; Luke Serbousek, junior in criminology, Louisburg, Army ROTC, Reserve Officer Association Award; Quincy Whitham, senior in geography, Moscow, Air Force ROTC, Military Order of the Purple Heart Award; Timothy Maresch, senior in construction science and management, Nekoma, Air Force ROTC, Johnnie McCauley Engineering Scholarship; Anna Baughan, sophomore in communication sciences and disorders, Overbrook, Air Force ROTC, Wildcat Warrior Excellence Initiative Scholarship; Tanner Heaton, senior in marketing, Salina, Air Force ROTC, Air Force Association Outstanding Cadet of the Year; Tyler Lohmann, senior in mechanical engineering, Valley Center, Air Force ROTC, National Defense Transportation Association Award.

From Wichita: Samuel Felts, sophomore in history, Air Force ROTC, Veterans of Foreign Wars Award; Lauren Palmquist, junior in digital art, Army ROTC, Superior Cadet Decoration Award; and Megan Walden, junior in industrial engineering, Army ROTC, Lora E. Marietta Memorial Scholarship in Army ROTC.

From out of state:

Ashley Buxton, freshman in psychology, Enterprise, Ala., Army ROTC, Veterans of Foreign Wars Award; Patrick Rourke, junior in sociology, Redding, Calif., Air Force ROTC, Reserve Officer Association Award; Shaun Dowdell, freshman in sociology, Denver, Colo., Army ROTC, Brig. Gen. Bruce A. Adams Army ROTC Scholarship Award; Austin Peterson, freshman in criminology, Liberty, Mo., Army ROTC, AUSA Cadet of the Semester Award; Scott Johnson, senior in political science, Papillion, Neb., Army ROTC, AUSA ROTC Medal; Andrew Wyche, sophomore in criminology, Fredricksburg, Va., Army ROTC, Ivy Fuller Olds Scholarship Award; and Ryan Gardner, senior in family studies and human services, Whitehall, Wis., Army ROTC, Lt. Col. Gerald F. Ely Army ROTC Scholarship Award.