Maj. Paul McNamara, UNI Department of Military Science, (319) 273-7360
James O'Connor University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The achievements of University of Northern Iowa Army ROTC cadets were honored during a recent awards ceremony on the UNI campus.
This year, recipients of the Department of the Army Superior Cadet award were: Cadet Mike Trimble from Greene; Cadet Ben Seibert from Waukon; Cadet Joe Vogel from Glenwood; and Cadet Blake Derouchey from Newton. This award is presented annually to the outstanding ROTC cadet in each year of military science instruction. To be eligible for this award, recipients must be a regularly enrolled ROTC cadet, be in the top 25 percent of both ROTC and academic class standing, and have demonstrated officer potential.
The George C. Marshall Award was presented to Cadet Sheldon Klein from Dysart. This award is given annually to the most outstanding fourth-year military science cadet who has demonstrated superior leadership and scholastic ability.
The recipient of the Governor's Cup Award was Cadet Paul Horner from Waterloo. This award is presented to the most outstanding Military Science IV cadet in each ROTC program in Iowa. The winner of this award must demonstrate a superior level of leadership ability. Horner also received the American Legion Award and Distinguished Military Student honors.
Cadet Tyson Trunkhill from Waterloo, received the Association of the United States Army Commendation Award. This award is given on the basis of the cadet's contribution to advancing the standing of the military science department through leadership. The award consists of a medal and certificate.
The Association of the United States Army Military History Award was presented to Cadet Curtis Rubendall from Aurelia. The award goes to an outstanding cadet for excellence in the study of military history.
The Reserve Officers' Association Award is presented to cadets in each level of the Army ROTC program. The award is presented to cadets in good standing in all military aspects who have displayed outstanding potential to serve as an Army officer. Cadet Kyle Mahannah from Dubuque, Cadet Erick Eggers from Cedar Falls and Cadet Matthew Brus from Denison all received the award. Brus also received the Military Order of the World Wars.
The American Legion Awards are presented to cadets for general military and scholastic excellence. Recipients must be in the top 25 percent of their class in academic and ROTC subjects and show outstanding qualities in military leadership, discipline, character and citizenship. The recipients of the American Legion Awards were Cadet Justin High from Manchester, Cadet Kent Greiner, from Cedar Falls, Cadet Paul Horner from Waterloo, and Cadet Nicole Jensen from Cedar Falls. Godson also received Cadet Honors and the Gold Medal Athlete Award.
Cadet Charles Davis from Muscatine, was presented with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Award. This award is given annually to a cadet who has excelled in military science or a ROTC programmed activity; is in good standing, academically and militarily; and has demonstrated achievement and concentrated effort in military and academic subjects and/or demonstrated capability and diligence in a related activity of the ROTC program.
Cadet Stacey Lyon from Independence, and Cadet David Greenley from Waterloo, were presented the National Sojourners Award. This award is given to those who have contributed the most to encourage and demonstrate Americanism within the corps of cadets on campus. The recipient must be a sophomore completing the second year of military science training, who has indicated a commitment to enter the advanced course, or a junior completing the third year of military science. They must be in the top 25 percent of their academic class, have encouraged and demonstrated the ideals of Americanism by deed and/or conduct, and have demonstrated a potential for outstanding leadership.
Cadet Mariah Schweitzer from Grandview, received the Daughter of the American Revolution (DAR) Award. The DAR presents this award annually to an ROTC cadet for outstanding ability and achievement. The recipient must be in the top 25 percent of the ROTC and academic classes; have demonstrated qualities of loyalty and patriotism, dependability and good character, and adherence to military discipline; and have leadership ability and a fundamental and patriotic understanding of the importance of ROTC training.
The recipients of the Military Order of the World Wars Award were: Cadet Chris Ferguson from Waterloo, Cadet Matthew Brus from Denison, and Cadet Caitlin Wright from Council Bluffs. Recipients must be in good standing in all military aspects and scholastics at the time of their selection; have shown marked improvement in military and scholastic grades; and have indicated by grades, extracurricular activities or individual endeavor, a desire to serve his or her country.
The Society of the War of 1812 Award was presented to Cadet Jay Feldt from Manchester. This award is presented annually to one outstanding cadet from each host institution. The recipient must be a sophomore in good academic standing and of high moral character.
The American Veterans of World War II (AMVETS) Award was presented to Cadet Adam Rhum from Fairfield. This award is made annually to a cadet for diligence in the discharge of duty and the willingness to serve. The recipient must be a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in the ROTC advanced course, and in good standing in all military aspects and all scholastic grades.
The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Award was presented to Cadet David Weber from Clive. The award is presented to a meritorious cadet enrolled in the first year of either the four- or two-year program, who shows a high degree of merit with respect to leadership qualities, soldierly bearing and excellence.
The Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America Award was presented to Cadet Sarah Droll from Iowa City. This award is presented annually to a ROTC basic course cadet who has excelled in a specific military science course or related activity. Recipients must be enrolled as either an MS I or MS II cadet; be in the top 25 percent of their ROTC class; have accomplished a degree of excellence in military history, American history or a related course; and have demonstrated similar or related accomplishments reflecting the ideals of patriotism.
Cadet Eric Chamberlin from Waterloo, received the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War award. The cadet awarded must be in the advanced course and be in the top 25 percent of their academic class and top 10 percent of their ROTC class; display a high aptitude to lead soldiers under the most adverse conditions; display high moral character and a willingness to assist the community and his fellow soldiers.
The Free Masonry Award was presented to Cadet Ryan Paulus from Elma. The award is presented to a cadet who demonstrates patriotism by deed or conduct during participation in extracurricular activities. The recipient must be a person of high moral character, display high academic excellence, and display an outstanding aptitude to lead.
The Military Officers' Association of America award was presented to Cadet Thomas Slykuis from Knoxville. Slykuis received the award for his exceptional potential for military leadership and excellence in academics. The recipient must be a person of high moral character, and display a high order of loyalty to his ROTC unit and the U.S. Army.
Cadet Jennifer Zaiser from Fairfield received the USAA Spirit Award. The award is presented to a cadet who displays a high degree of motivation and the spirit of a true warrior. They must display academic excellence, must be of high moral character, and display a high degree of ability to lead from the front.
The Distinguished Military Student award was presented to Cadet Mike Minard from Elkader. Minard received the award for displaying high excellence in academics, outstanding qualities in leadership, high moral character and exceptional aptitude for military service. Recipients must have served successfully in numerous leadership roles with potential to serve as an Army officer at the highest levels.