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Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets recognizes cadets at Annual Military Awards Ceremony


   

Spring 2011 Regimental Commander Cadet Ryan Anderson (left) presents the award for the Best Squad from the recent Squad Tactical Challenge event to Cadet Scinjit Gadamsetty (right) who served as Squad Leader for the winning squad, Band Squad 1 Spring 2011 Regimental Commander Cadet Ryan Anderson (left) presents the award for the Best Squad from the recent Squad Tactical Challenge event to Cadet Scinjit Gadamsetty (right) who served as Squad Leader for the winning squad, Band Squad 1


BLACKSBURG, Va., April 22, 2011 – The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets recently held their Annual Military Awards Ceremony. Service specific and joint service awards are given by various military and veteran’s organizations. In addition, the corps presents awards and scholarships during this highlight event each year. This year 205 awards and $59,000 in scholarships were awarded to cadets.

The Beverly S. Parrish Award, also known as the Gold Cord, presented each year to the top company in the corps was awarded to Alpha Company. Alpha was commanded in the fall by Cadet Daniel Reed of Riner, Va., a senior majoring in history in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and pursuing a minor in leadership studies who is a member of the Civilian Track program. Cadet Christina Devereux of Lusby, Md., a senior majoring in history in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and pursuing a minor in leadership studies who will commission in the U.S. Marine Corps in May, commanded Alpha in the spring.

The Jaffe Eager Squad Trophy, presented to the winner of the Annual Eager Squad Drill competition and named in honor of Jeff Jaffe, Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Class of 1942, was awarded to Band Company. The Highty-Tighties winning squad was led by Cadet William McWaters of Stafford, Va., a junior cadet majoring in aeronautical engineering in the College of Engineering and pursuing a minor in leadership studies who is a member of the Civilian Track program. Each of the 11 members of the winning squad is recognized with a $200 award by Jaffe.

Kilo Battery swept the Wyatt Recruiting Award, for the most recruiting at home high schools over Thanksgiving and Winter breaks, and the Kohler Cup, recognizing the best drilling company in the corps. Kilo was commanded in the fall by Cadet David Brock of Princeton, W.Va., a senior majoring in materials science and engineering in the College of Engineering and pursuing a minor in leadership studies who is a member of the Civilian Track program. He will commission in the U.S. Navy as a submarine officer following Officer Candidate School in the winter of 2012. This spring Cadet Spiros Karousos of Bel Air, Md., a senior majoring in mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering and pursuing a minor in leadership studies who will commission in the U.S. Navy in 2012 served as Kilo Battery Commander.

Brock was also selected as the top company commander this year and was presented the Lacy O. Brumback Award for his outstanding performance as commander of Kilo Battery in the fall and the Civilian Track program in the spring.

Highlighting the scholarship announcements was the awarding of the Henry J. Dekker Scholarship to Cadet Scinjit Gadamsetty of Fairfax, Va., a junior majoring in engineering science and mechanics in the College of Engineering and is pursuing a minor in leadership studies who is a member of the Air Force ROTC program and Cadet Adrien Wilkins of Apple Valley, Calif., a junior majoring in English in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and pursuing a minor in leadership studies who is in the Marine ROTC program. 

Next year, Gadamsetty will serve as the Honor Court Chair and Wilkins will serve as the Executive Court Chair. This is a $2,000 scholarship given each year to recognize selfless service. Henry Dekker, Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Class of 1944, is a Chairman Emeritus of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Alumni Board of Directors and is a former Rector of the Board of Visitors.

The Military Awards Ceremony recognizes the outstanding performance by so many cadets throughout the corps. This year’s scholarship total of $59,000 was the largest ever awarded at this ceremony. The continued support of today’s cadets by the corps alumni is stronger than ever.

The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets has produced military, public, and corporate leaders since the university was founded in 1872. It is one of just two military corps within a large public university. The corps holds its members to the highest standards of loyalty, honor, integrity, and self-discipline. In return, cadets achieve high academic success and a long-lasting camaraderie with fellow members. Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.