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JROTC awards cadets

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By Lindsay Starr Platt, The Belton Journal

Thursday night at the Belton High School PAC, twenty one cadets were given awards for their participation in the Junior Reserve Officer Corps based on achievement and merit. The cadets were dressed in their uniforms and marched proudly on stage to receive their awards, which were a surprise to them and their parents.

In addition to the distinguished cadets, the awards were presented by members of our community that are affiliated with military/ veteran associations and veterans of the Armed Services. The presenters of the awards were honored to present the awards and see the legacy of serving the country continue with today’s youth.

“I am really glad I came,” said Brandy Firebaugh, parent of Rilee Firebaugh, 10th grade student. “It makes you real proud to see your son up there, growing up.”

One cadet, Eric Herff, was honored as being the one who chose to take it a step further and enlist in the U.S. Army.

“It was a wonderful ceremony. We had been looking forward to our son Eric Herff, standing up there and declaring his service to the military,” said Christy Herff. “He enlisted just as my husband, David retired after twenty-one years in the Army.”

“Very excited! I am the very first female commanding officer for Belton High School JROTC. said Cadet Major, Allison Kondrat. “I look forward to working with Killian and Nick. I will be in command of color guard and academics.”

Twenty five awards were presented Thursday evening, in addition to monetary gifts and tokens of appreciation. The awards were given as follows:
1 Sons of the American Revolution, presented by, LTC Kaiser, USA (Retired), awarded to, Alexander Robbins
2 Daughters of the American Revolution, presented by, Mrs. Carol Owen, awarded to, Austin Snyder
3 Military Order of World Wars, presented by, LtCol George Campbell-Shott, USAF (Retired), awarded to, Nathan R. Morrison
4 American Legion Scholastic Achievement, presented by, MAJ Michael Belcher, USA, awarded to, Cadet Major Allison Kondrat
5 American Legion Military Excellence, presented by, MAJ Michael Belcher, USA, awarded to, Cadet Emily T. Soliz
6 Military Officer’s Association of America, presented by, Ed Bandas, awarded to, Jesus Arvizu
7 Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4008, presented by, John Pratt, awarded to, Nicholas Harmon
8 Order of Daedalians Ft Hood Flt 103, presented by, Dave Williams, Col USMC (Retired), awarded to, Elliott Sibille
9 Woman Marine Association, presented by, Cathleen Ursula Gruetzner, awarded to, Mikhayla E. Perry
10 Fleet reserve Assoc Cathleen, presented by, Ursula Gruetzner, awarded to, Felicity Natal
11 Fleet Reserve Assoc Cathleen, presented by, Ursula Gruetzner, awarded to, Shelby Whiteley
12 Military Order of the Purple Heart, presented by, Marty Martinez/ Rodney Ford, awarded to, De’Shonna Mitchell
13 Retired Enlisted Association CenTex Chp 88 (TREA), presented by, Marty Martinez, awarded to, Rebekah Thomas
14 Reserve Officer’s Association- Gold, presented by, LtCol Blasko, awarded to, Cadet GySgt Robert E. McKee
15 Reserve Officer’s Association- Silver, presented by, LtCol Blasko, awarded to, Cadet SSgt Jacob E. Trejo
16 Reserve Officer’s Association- Bronze, presented by, LtCol Blasko, awarded to, Cadet GySgt Noell E. Rodriguez
17 National Sojourners, presented by, Mr. Charles Campbell, awarded to, Killian Hoyal
18 Scottish Rite of Freemasonary, awarded to, Allison Kondrat
19 Association of the US Army, presented by, Frank Minosky, CSM USA (Retired), awarded to, Garrett Daniell
20 Marine Corps Association, presented by, LtCol Blasko, awarded to, John Lara
21 Marine Corps League Cmdr, presented by, Steve Stickley, awarded to, Rilee Firebaugh
22 AMVETS, presented by, Paul Lockrim, Gysgt, USMC (Retired), awarded to, Esmeralda Mena
23 Annual High Shooter Award, presented by, LtCol Blasko, awarded to, Killian Hoyal
24 High YPFT Female, presented by, LtCol Blasko, awarded to, Mikhayla E. Perry
25 High YPFT Male, presented by, LtCol Blasko, awarded to, Pastor Bazan