JROTC Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Aurora Rafael, Battalion Commander, and Cadet Major Alexandria Stewart, Battalion Executive Officer of the Smith-Cotton JROTC Tiger Battalion, both received the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross For Outstanding Achievement Award at a school board meeting on Oct. 28.
This honor is awarded annually for the achievement of scholastic excellence in military and academic subjects. It is the highest honor that a JROTC cadet can receive during high school and is normally awarded in the early fall of the cadet’s last year of high school.
Only one in every 4,000 cadets will receive this award. It is very unusual for two cadets from the same school to receive this award, but due to the outstanding qualities of this year’s recipients, the Legion of Valor organization awarded both nominees the award. Cadet Rafael said, “I am extremely honored to receive this highly distinguished award. This is a great achievement in my high school career.”
Cadet Rafael hopes to pursue a career in accounting. Cadet Stewart said, “I feel very honored to be selected among my peers. I would like to thank everyone in my life that has helped me win this award.” She hopes to pursue a career in civil engineering. The award was presented by Dr. Sharp, Sedalia 200 School Board President, at the school board meeting Oct. 28.
Pictured from left to right: Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Aurora Rafael and Cadet Major Alexandria Stewart.
Submitted by: Cadet Master Sergeant Jessica Miranda