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Judson Military Science students receive Army ROTC awards

At Judson College’s recent Honors Convocation, two Military Science students received Army ROTC awards honoring their scholarship, athleticism, and leadership achievements.

Awards were presented by Master Sergeant Jackie Wilson and Jerran Hill, Contractor and Senior Military Science Instructor at Marion Military Institute. Said Hill, “These students have committed themselves to a rigorous program of personal and professional development in preparation for the call to serve our nation as leaders of soldiers.”

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Master Sergeant Jackie Wilson and Jerran Hill with Amanda Veara (center).

Cadet Amanda Veara, a Judson College sophomore from Dothan, Ala., received the National Sojourners Award, an annual award presented to the ROTC cadet who has demonstrated and contributed the most to encourage patriotism among the Corps of Cadets. Sojourners Award recipients must also demonstrate potential for outstanding leadership and be ranked in the top 25 percent of his or her class. Veara also received the Superior Cadet Decoration Award, an award given to an outstanding ROTC cadet based on leadership, scholarship, and participation in campus activities. Recipients of this award must also be enrolled cadets in the top 25% of their class in ROTC and academic standing.

Additionally, Veara was awarded the Cadet Command Dean’s List Award, presented to cadets with a GPA of 3.50-4.00 for the Fall 2015 semester, and the ROTC Honors Award, presented to cadets who have attained a 4.00 GPA in all military science courses.

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Master Sergeant Jackie Wilson and Jerran Hill with Kandi Murphy (center).

Cadet Kandi Murphy, a Judson senior from Brandon, Miss., received the USAA Spirit Award, a recognition given to the cadet who best exemplifies the concept of service to unit, community, and nation. Murphy also received the Cadet Command Dean’s List Award for her outstanding GPA of 3.50-4.00 during the Fall 2015 semester. Murphy will be commissioned as an Army Second Lieutenant in May and assigned as a Platoon Leader to Detachement 2, in the Special Troops Battalion of the 155th Brigade Combat Team of the Mississippi Army National Guard in Quitman, Miss.

Hill indicated that Veara and Murphy were selected as award recipients out of more than 400 Military Science students enrolled at Judson, Marion Military Institute, and Concordia College in Selma.