Honors presented to cadets in JROTC program
Kuhnert tapped for Leonides Award as top senior
The Army JROTC program at the Scott Regional Technology Center held its annual awards night ceremony on april 25, honoring cadets who excelled in the program throughout the year.
Lt. Col. Brennan Cook and Command Sgt. Major Garret Spencer, program instructors, presented the awards.
Cadets were awarded U.S. Army Cadet Command ribbons for citizenship and scholarship, community service, physical fitness and athletics, and miscellaneous service. Top cadets were also awarded national level awards sponsored by the American Legion, National Sojourners, American Veterans (AMVETS), Scottish Rite, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Military Order of World Wars, Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution, Reserve Officers Association and the Military Officers Association of America.
Winners of national level awards follow:
American Legion, Cassville:
Military Bronze Award — James Carter, Cassville HS
Military Silver Award — Mackinzy Navarrete, Monett HS
Military Gold Award — Mikala Thomas, Aurora HS
Scholastic Bronze Award — Colby Kessinger, Aurora HS
Scholastic Silver Award — Peter Masri, Monett HS
Scholastic Gold Award — Melany Morales, Monett HS
American Legion, Freistatt:
Military Bronze Award — Jacob White, Aurora HS
Military Silver Award — Cody Gilmore, Mount Vernon HS
Military Gold Award — Hailee Wilkinson, Verona HS
Scholastic Bronze Award — Lydia Siver, Marionville HS
Scholastic Silver Award — Kaili Farnsworth, Marionville HS
Scholastic Gold Award — Cassandra Johnson, Marionville HS
American Legion, Monett:
Military Bronze Award — Zacharias Witt, Monett HS
Military Silver Award — Eli Ames, Crane HS
Military Gold Award — Dustin Boyd, Aurora HS
Scholastic Bronze Award — Nekom Kleepbua, Billings HS
Scholastic Silver Award — Tristen Brattin, Monett HS
Scholastic Gold Award — Kyle Roberson, Mount Vernon HS
Daughters of the American Revolution:
Hailee Wilkinson, Verona HS; Rebecca Wirth, Aurora HS
Sons of the American Revolution:
Kyle Roberson, Mount Vernon HS
Kaili Farnsworth, Marionville HS
Dustin Boyd, Aurora HS
Military Officers Association of America:
Jeffrey Kuhnert, Monett HS
Dakota Boyd, Aurora HS
Military Order of World Wars:
Marithza Reyes, Monett HS
Reserve Officers Association:
Tristen Brattin, Monett HS
The night culminated with the presentation of a new award. Since cadets chose the Spartan as their mascot for the program this year, Lt. Col. Cook and Sgt. Major Spencer developed the King Leonidas Award to reward the top graduating senior for service to the program.
Cadet Lt. Col. Jeffrey Kuhnert from Monett High School received the award, a wooden replica of the Spartan Rudis sword engraved with the name of the award and recipient.
Kuhnert has been a part of the Army JROTC program for the past four years and has participated in 136 separate JROTC events over that period. He began the program as a cadet private and finished as the cadet battalion commander, the highest position for a student in the program. Kuhnert has already enlisted in the U.S. Army and will begin his training this summer after graduation.