Summerville High School Navy JROTC Annual Awards Ceremony
Summerville High School’s Navy Junior ROTC unit held its Annual Awards Ceremony April 17, 2013 in the school gym. Approximately 400 Parents and cadets attended the ceremony. Community organization leaders as well as Mr. Joe Pye, Superintendent of Dorchester School District Two, Doctor Sean Alford Assistant Superintendent of Dorchester Mrs. Linda Huffman School District Two, Members of the Dorchester Two Board of Trustees and Mr. Kenny Farrell Summerville High Principal were on hand to present awards.
The ceremony began with Master Chief Carson Burgess introducing the special guests. Captain Mike Ivey, the Senior Naval Science Instructor made the opening remarks introducing his fellow Navy JROTC Instructors Master Chief Carson Burgess and Master Chief Chris McCool. Opening comments were made by Mr. Joe Pye (District Two Superintendent).
Several organizations outside of the school help to motivate cadets toward superior performance by recognizing the most outstanding cadets each year with awards. The following cadets received awards.
The recipient of The Military Officers Association of America was presented to Cadet Allison Holiday who has demonstrated military leadership and loyalty to the school, unit, and community and who has exhibited high moral character and exceptional military potential. Mr. Keith Rodwell made the presentation.
The recipient of The National Sojourners Award was Cadet Cameron Kunce, who demonstrated and encouraged ideals of Americanism through deed, conduct and leadership. Captain Fred Massey (USN Ret.) made the presentation.
The recipient of the VFW JROTC Award was Cadet Brienne Fredericken, who demonstrated leadership and maintained a high level of academic accomplishment. Mr. John Mellert made the presentation.
The recipient of The Daughters of the American Revolution Award was Cadet Makayla Robidoux, who sets an overall example of excellence in leadership, academics, participation and military aptitude. Mrs. Lisa Tupper made the presentation.
The recipient of The Sons of the American Revolution Award was Cadet Eric Chung who demonstrated outstanding qualities of leadership, patriotism, loyalty and military excellence. DR. Scott Buckman made the presentation.
The recipient of The Military Order of World Wars presented a medal to Cadet Sarah Keplar who has established an outstanding military and scholastic record. Captain Fred Massey (USN Ret.) made the presentation.
The American Legion presented two awards. The American Legion Military Excellence Award was presented to Cadet Tracy Brown who has demonstrated military skill and excellence. She also possesses the qualities to succeed in a military career. The American Legion Scholastic Award was presented to Cadet Richard Winters who holds the highest scholastic standing in the NJROTC. CDR. Willianm Schmitz USN (Ret) presented the awards.
The Daedalain JROTC was presented to Cadet Nina Mojica who has demonstrated patriotism and high academic achievement. Mrs. Tanya Robinson presented the award.\
The U.S. Navy League Roosevelt Youth Award was awarded to Cadet Danielle Tisdale, who demonstrated excellence in academics, moral character, and patriotism. The award was presented by LT. Michael Perira.
The recipient of The Charleston Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart was Cade Ronald Rountree, who was selected based on his leadership in the unit and academic achievement. Mr. Robert J. Mastrion made the presentation.
The recipient of The American Veterans JROTC award has demonstrated diligence in the discharge of assigned duties and the willingness to serve. The recipients were Cadet Michael Poland and Cody Solders. The awards were presented by Mr. Mike Schwartz
The Surface Navy Association, Stephan Decatur Jr. award was presented to Cadet Alexics Sarine and Cadet Katelynn Cone. They were selected based on their outstanding military aptitude, academics, and leadership. Presenting the award was LT. Michael Pereira
The Sons of Confederate Veterans “H.L. Hunley Award” was presented to Cadet Kaelan Fegan. Presenting the award was Mr. Dobson. The Marine Corps League was presented by Mr. Dobson the award was presented to Cadet Kenneth Hodges.
The Special Forces Association Award for excellence is presented to a cadet who has demonstrated scholastic excellence, military proficiency and leadership. The Special Forces Association Award was presented by Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Bain. The award was presented to Cadet Megan Purd.
The U.S. Navy League Roosevelt Youth Award is presented to a cadet who demonstrates excellence in NJROTC. The U.S. Navy League Roosevelt Youth Award was presented by Mr. William Schmitz to cadet Danielle Tisdale
The Daughters of the War of 1812 is awarded to a cadet who exemplifies the ideals upon which our nation was founded. The Daughters of the War of 1812was presented by Mrs. Renee Ketchel to cadet Molly Callahan.
The Honor Cadet ribbon is awarded to the one cadet in each year group with the highest overall achievement in school.
Doctor Sean Alford Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction Dorchester School District Two Presented the Honor awards: Cadet Makay Robidoux Naval Science One, Cadet Danielle Tisdale Naval Science Two, Cadet Richard Winter Naval Science Three, and Cadet Molly Callahan Naval Science Four.
The Distinguished Cadet ribbon is awarded each year to the one cadet in each year group with the highest combined average for scholastic aptitude and military excellence. Mr. Joe Pye, Superintendent of Dorchester School District Two Presented the Distinguished award: Cadet Kathleen Wrenn Naval Science One, Cadet James Tilton Naval Science Two, Cadet Brienne Frederiksen Naval Science Three, and Cadet Nina Mojica Naval Science Four.
Cadet Commanders of each Navy JROTC team presented a School Varsity Letter to cadets on their teams. The team was Rifle Team, Drill Team, Academic, Orienteering Team, Sea Perch Team, and the Cyber Patriot Team.
After all the awards were presented Captain Mike Ivey introduced Cadet Commander Brienne Frederiksen as the Commanding Officer for the coming year 2013-2014. Cadet Nina Mojica the outgoing Commanding Officer passed the NJROTC sword in recognition of a symbolic change of command. .
At the conclusion of the awards ceremony the senior NJROTC cadets were recognized in a historical and traditional Naval ceremony “Piping Ashore” symbolizing the end of their Navy JROTC high school years.