Approximately 895 Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Cadets from the 7th and 8th Regiments graduated from the 2013 Leader Development and Assessment Course July 23 during a short graduation and commissioning ceremony at Watkins Field on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. As part of the ceremony, 13 Cadets from the7th Reg. and 24 Cadets from the 8th Reg. were sworn in and pinned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.
The ceremony capped off 29 days of leadership-infused training designed to develop each Cadet’s leadership abilities through a sequentially organized training schedule that incorporated the basic necessary skills to become an effective military leader.
During the ceremony, eight Cadets were honored for individual accomplishments that set them apart from their peers. From each regiment, awards were handed out for distinguished honor graduate, honor graduate, the top male and female Army physical fitness test scores and the Cadet that best represented the Warrior Ethos, a term coined to reflect the embodiment of a Soldier.
Recognized as the top overall Cadets from each regiment were – Cadet Brandon Paquette, Bravo Co., 7th Reg. from Georgetown University (7th Reg. Distinguished Honor Graduate), Cadet Cynthia Stinnett, Bravo Co., 8th Reg. from Austin Peay State University (8th Reg. Distinguished Honor Graduate), Cadet Grayson Williams, Bravo Co., 7th Reg. from Virginia Tech (7th Reg. Honor Graduate), and Cadet Delaney O’Hara, Alpha Co., 8th Reg. from Montana State University (8th Reg. Honor Graduate).
Recognized as the top male and female APFT scores from each regiment were – Cadet Samuel Kolkow, Alpha Co., 7th Reg. from Wentworth Military Academy & College (7th Reg. top male APFT score with 388), Cadet Evan Poole, Bravo Co., 8th Reg. from Norwich University (8th Reg. top male APFT score with 370), Cadet Shamyra Daigle, Alpha Co., 7th Reg. from University of Hawaii at Manoa (7th Reg. top female APFT score with 364) and Cadet Cynthia Stinnett, Bravo Co., 8th Reg. from Austin Peay State University (8th Reg. top female APFT score with 384).
Finally, a Cadet from each regiment was chosen that best represented the Warrior Ethos. Cadet Claire Vanderburg, Alpha Co., 7th Reg. from State University of New York College- Brockport was chosen from 7th Reg. and Cadet Gavin Duecker, Alpha Co., 8th Reg. from Montana State University was chosen from 8th Reg.
The leadership course is one of the final steps for Cadets prior to completing the ROTC program and entering the Army as commissioned officers. Cadets that were not commissioned during the ceremony are scheduled to return to their ROTC programs to finish out the commissioning requirements.