Special to LTN
The 11th annual Blue/Gold Award Ceremony held on May 15 was highlighted with the announcement of the “Rebel Navy” as a NJROTC Area Six Distinguished Unit for the third consecutive year. This prestigious award is earned by 30 percent of Navy JROTC units nationwide. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in academic, competition, cadet involvement and community service. The 2,753 hours of community service by the small unit was noteworthy.
The award ceremony was a family and community affair, with many cadets recognized for their efforts during the year. Special guests included Lincolnton Mayor John O. Gilleland, Jr., Lincoln County Schools Superintendent Dr. Sherry Hoyle, Lincoln County Schools Director of Secondary Education Tony Worley, West Lincoln Principal Dr. Cale Sain, West Lincoln High School Assistant Principals Brian Clary and Steve Scercy and 82nd Airborne Association member and bagpiper Phillip Diaz. Also present were representatives from military/veteran/service organizations, recruiters and a large contingent of family members.
Recipients of military/civic organization awards were as follows, with presenters in parentheses as applicable:
* 82nd Airborne Association, Fayetteville Chapter – Alex Brown and Marcus Peace
* Air Force Sergeant’s Association – Phillip Flowers
* American Legion Post 30, Lincolnton (Jim Mayhew, Tom Hawk), Military Excellence – Makayla Gantt. Scholastic Excellence – Joshua Sisk
* American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 30 (Marilyn Roseboro), Military Excellence – Julia Cook. Scholastic Excellence – Ariel Hane
* American Legion Post 100, Cherryville (Michael Robinson, Charles Brown), Military Excellence – Logan Scronce. Scholastic Excellence – Charles Crowder
* American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 100 (Monica Lockwood), Military Excellence – Diana Owens. Scholastic Excellence – Amy Rooks
* American Military Retirees Association (AMRA) – Rebecca Hoyle
* American Veterans (AMVETS) – Isabel Peterson
* Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Award (Ann Dellinger), Jacob Forney Chapter – Courtney Gentry
* Celebrate Freedom Foundation Certificate of Achievement – Paula Hall
* Jewish War Veterans – Logan Dean
* Marine Corps Association Honor Graduate – Joseph Burton
* Marine Corps League, Jeb Seagle Detachment (Monica Lockwood) Distinguished Citizen – Tyler Heavner. Community Service – Zachary Mellon
* Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), Charlotte Chapter – Kaitlyn Reynolds
* Military Order of Purple Heart – Max Morrison
* Military Order of World Wars – Kacey Christian and Amber Ramsey
* National Sojourners Americanism Award – Russell West
* Navy League of the United States Youth Medal, Charlotte Council (John Alger) – Jessica Baker
* Non-Commissioned Officers Association – Jordan Hull and Christina Osborne
* Order of Daedalians Award – Hannah Auton and Charity Sells
* Reserve Officers Association, Fayetteville Chapter – Jamie Allen
* Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), Lenior Chapter – Stefan Lynn
* Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Charlotte – Jessica Garmon and Joseph Haas
* Surface Navy Association Stephen Decatur Jr. award – Wesley Phillips (Junior), Caley Aycoth (Freshman)
* Special Forces Association XXI – Owen Morrison
* U.S. Army Recruiting Office, Gastonia – Outstanding Cadet – Sabastian Sigmon. Male Athletic – Timothy Goble. Female Athletic – Adrianna Compton
* Naval Recruiting District Raleigh Core Values Award – Christine Laabs, Beverly Rogers, Robert Summey, and Noah Vierheller
* Veteran of Foreign Wars 1706 – Will Avery
* SNSI Award – Joshua Nulter
* NSI Award – Isaac Hollinghead
After a short intermission, NJROTC unit, individual and local awards were presented.
Recipients of NJROTC
Individual Awards were:
* Exemplary Personal Appearance – David Bryant, Brandon Funderburk, Malachi Grant, Billy Grossi, Deshaun Johnson, Ty Mashburn, Ivan McCormick, Nathaniel Peterson and Beverly Rogers.
* Exemplary Conduct – Corey Adams, David Bryant, Michaela Campbell, Lacie Deon, Trinity Deon, Brittany Doehling, Devon Dunn, Milton Edwards, Billy Grossi, Donald Lingerfelt, Ivan McCormick, Trenton McRae, Harmony Mossor, Dillon Myers, Hayden Newton, Adam Parker, Nathaniel Peterson, Larry Prather, Amber Ramsey, Beverly Rogers, Caleb Shehan, Michael Sweeney.
* NS-1 Outstanding Cadet – Brandon Bicknase, William Crowder, Shanee Duncan, Daisy Engle, Paula Hall, Isaac Hollinghead, Liam Kuelbs and Tia Little.
* NS-2 Outstanding Cadet – Makayla Gantt, David Houser, Jordan Hull, Christine Laabs, Stefan Lynn, Zachary Mellon, Tyler Owens and Robert Summey.
* NS-3 Outstanding Cadet – Joseph Haas, Ariel Hane, Diana Owens, Megan Prather, Charity Sells, Sabastian Sigmon, Joshua Sisk.
* NS-4 Outstanding Cadet – Phillip Flowers, Courtney Gentry, Timothy Goble.
* Military Aptitude – Jamie Allen, Hannah Auton, Nicholas Avery, Will Avery, Caley Aycoth, Jessica Baker, Alex Brown, Kacey Christian, Adrianna Compton, Julia Cook, Charles Crowder, Jessica Garmon, Owen Morrison, Isabel Peterson, Wesley Phillips, Kaitlyn Reynolds, Amy Rooks and Logan Scronce.
* Honor Cadet – Joseph Burton, Ariel Hane, Kaitlyn Reynolds, Logan Scronce.
* Distinguished Cadet – Max Morrison, Rebecca Hoyle, Logan Dean, Marcus Peace.
NJROTC Varsity Letters
* Drill – Jamie Allen, Hannah Auton, Jessica Baker, Joseph Burton, Charles Crowder, Logan Dean, Jessica Garmon, Timothy Goble, Tyler Heavner, Rebecca Hoyle, Marcus Peace, Wesley Phillips, Amber Ramsey, Kaitlyn Reynolds, Charity Sells, Kenneth Turner-Brown.
* Orienteering – Caley Aycoth, Jessica Baker, Joseph Burton, Charles Crowder, Logan Dean, Devon Dunn, Makayla Gantt, Timothy Goble, Liam Kuelbs, Ty Mashburn, Marcus Peace, Kaitlyn Reynolds, Charity Sells, Kenneth Turner-Brown.
* Rifle – Kacey Christian, Jessica Garmon, David Houser, Wesley Phillips.
* Seaman – Trinity Deon, Shanee Duncan, Daisy Engle, Isaac Hollinghead, Donald Lingerfelt, Owen Morrison, Noah Vierheller.
* Petty Officer Third Class – Corey Adams, Michaela Campbell, Julia Cook, Ty Mashburn, Joshua Nulter, Marcus Peace.
* Petty Officer Second Class – Nicholas Avery, David Houser, Brandon McRae, Christina Osborne, Tyler Owens.
* Petty Officer First Class – Charles Crowder, Timothy Goble, Tyler Heavner.
* Chief Petty Officer – Brandon Funderburk, Ariel Hane, Melissa Leatherman, Charity Sells, Sabastian Sigmon.
Honorary Crew Member
* Eddie and Crystal Dean; WLHS Custodial Staff.
Unit Change of Command
* Cadet Max Morrison was relieved as Commanding Officer and succeeded by cadet Rebecca Hoyle.
On behalf of the cadets and instructors, we would like to thank our school administration and staff, community and veteran organizations, boosters, and most of all, our parents and guardians for their support, patience and dedication for making 2013-2014 a “distinguished” year.