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Congratulations 2024 AUSN Patriotism Award Honorees

AUSN recognizes students involved in NJROTC programs during high school and college-level NROTC programs from across the United States with its Patriotism Awards. Students who demonstrate honor, courage and commitment are nominated by their unit instructors and receive a certificate, letter of congratulations and medal authorized by the Navy that can be worn on their uniforms.

In March and April, 28 cadets from 17 states, representing the finest talent from 22 naval programs, received AUSN’s special recognition.

Stay tuned for additional recipients scheduled to be recognized at their end-of-year award ceremonies in May 2024.

Cadet/LCDR Desarae Olivas-Howe, a senior at Moon Valley High School and recipient of the AUSN Patriotism Award and AUSN Phoenix Saguaro Chapter's Certificate of Commendation, receives congratulations from CAPT Carol Culbertson, USN, Retired, President of the AUSN Phoenix Saguaro Chapter. Cadet/LCDR Olivas-Howe is going to college to become a chemical engineer.

Cadet Sergeant Alexander McNiven receives the AUSN Patriotism Award and medal from Marine Instructor Sergeant Major R. Scott Cauley (USMC, Retired) as part of the 2024 Awards Night Special Recognition for the MCJROTC at J. R. Tucker High School in Henrico, Virginia.

Midshipman Kursten Massey received the AUSN Patriotism Award on March 22, 2024. The award was presented by Commanding Officer of NROTC Maine Maritime Academy, CAPT Gary Chase.

NJROTC High School Recipients Honored in March & April 2024

ARIZONA

C/LCDR Desarae Olivas-Howe

Moon Valley High School | Phoenix, AZ

C/ENS Diana Sosa

Glendale High School | Glendale, AZ

 

FLORIDA

Adjutant/Cadet First Lieutenant Taylor D. Carlson (Originally awarded April 2023)

Palm Bay Magnet High School | Melbourne, FL

Cadet/First Sergeant Gabriel O. Denton

Palm Bay Magnet High School | Melbourne, FL

 

GEORGIA

Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Aniyah Johnson

H.V. Jenkins High School | Savannah, GA

KENTUCKY

Cadet Ensign Matthew Minton

Madisonville North Hopkins High School NJROTC | Madisonville, KY

OKLAHOMA

C/Captain Elliott L. Towery

Bixby High School MCJROTC | Bixby, OK

SOUTH CAROLINA

C/PO3 T'Mauri Cannon

White Knoll High School NJROTC | Lexington, SC

TEXAS

Cadet Lance Corporal Avril Bruyere

Royal High School JROTC | Pattison, TX

VIRGINIA

Cadet Sergeant Alexander McNiven

J. R. Tucker High School | Henrico, VA

WEST VIRGINIA

Cadet Corporal Lacy Casto

Saint Albans High School, Saint Albans, WV

NROTC College Recipients Honored in March & April 2024

 

ALABAMA

MIDN 4/C Damian Marquis Benson

Tuskegee University | Tuskegee Institute, AL

MIDN 2/C Cameron Williams

Tuskegee University | Tuskegee Institute, AL

ARIZONA

Midshipman 2/C Daniel Adam Korfist

Arizona State University | Tempe, AZ

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

MIDN 1/C Jude E. DiMedio

George Washington University | Washington, D.C.

FLORIDA

MIDN 2/C Serenity T. Williams

Florida A&M University | Tallahassee, FL

ILLINOIS

MIDN 2/C Madison N. Whitlock

University of Illinois NROTC | Champaign, IL

MAINE

4/C Kursten S. Massey

Maine Maritime Academy NROTC | Orono, ME

NORTH CAROLINA

MIDN 2/C Christopher J. Cosby

Duke University | Durham, NC

NEW MEXICO

Midshipman 2/C Andrew Do

University of New Mexico | Albuquerque, NM

Midshipman 2/C Sarah Van Hoogmoed

University of New Mexico | Albuquerque, NM

NEW YORK

MIDN 2/C Karl R. Veigl

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute | Troy, NY

SOUTH CAROLINA

MIDN 3/C William H. Greene

University of South Carolina NROTC | Columbia, SC

VIRGINIA

Officer Candidate Angelia Gafford

Old Dominion University | Hampton Roads NROTC | Norfolk, VA

MIDN 2/C John P. Peck

Old Dominion University | Hampton Roads NROTC | Norfolk, VA

MIDN 3/C Sean Ingram

Old Dominion University | Hampton Roads NROTC | Norfolk, VA

VERMONT

MIDN 2/C John W. Bertolini

Norwich University | Northfield, VT

MIDN 2/C David A. Lynch

Norwich University | Northfield, VT

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