Students recently participated in the annual awards ceremony for JROTC cadets on the east side of Atlanta. Pictured, front row from left, are students Cadet Dwain J.D. Hebert, Rockdale High School;
second Place Scholarship Winner, Cadet Jamal Green, Newton County High School; first Place Scholarship Winner, Cadet Brian J. Leeper, Monroe Area High School; third Place Scholarship Winner, Cadet Canecia Gordon, Heritage High School; Cadet Desmon Watson, Loganville High School; Cadet Dakota C. Proffitt, Walnut Grove High School; and Cadet Sabriyya Ariel Willis, Salem High School. Not pictured is Cadet Sammuel McDaniel of Social Circle High School. Pictured, second row from left, are high school instructors Rockdale High School Chief Warrant Officer Michael H.
Carlisle, Newton County High School Chief Warrant Officer Rawley Coleman, Walton County Senior Officer Lt. Col. Art Rozier, Heritage High School Major Donald B. Hanks; Social Circle High School Major Mark Robinson and Salem High School Mst. Sgt. Thurman Tatum.
The annual awards ceremony for JROTC cadets on the east side of Atlanta was held on March 24 at the Golden Fleece Masonic Lodge No. 6.
East Side Scottish Rite President Michael H. Wilson was happy with the attendance and said, "We are proud our community, proud of our students in our high schools and look forward each year to recognizing outstanding JROTC cadets on the east side of Atlanta."
The awards ceremony was attended by Masonic Ambassador Roger Wise; Lt.
Shawn Ikpa, USN, Surface Warfare Officer and Assistant Professor Of Naval Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology; Lt. Nicollet J.
Wheeler, director of the JROTC program for Fulton County; Capt. Jaime Middleton, Georgia State University; 2nd Lt. Daniel Enyart, winner of the Audy Murphy Award and Green to Gold ROTC program; and Leonard Buffington, past Grand Master of Masons in Georgia and the Sovereign Grand Inspector General for the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Georgia.
The following award winners were chosen for their outstanding achievements and essays:
* Heritage High School, Cadet, Canecia Gordon * Salem High School, Cadet, Sabriyya Ariel Willis * Rockdale High School, Cadet Dwain J.D. Hebert * Loganville High School, Cadet Desmon A. Watson * Monroe Area High School, Cadet, Brian J. Leeper * Walnut Grove High School, Cadet, Dakota C. Proffitt * Social Circle High School, Cadet Sammuel McDaniel * Newton County High School, Cadet Jamal Green All the above rewards recipients received medals and award certificates from Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, letters of achievement from Gov. Nathan Deal and Georgia flags and letters of achievement from Secretary of State Brian P. Kemp presented by Clay Newman.
All cadets received scholarships from the East Side Scottish Rite Association with Cadet Brian J. Leeper of Monroe Area High School receiving the Cadet of Year from the East Side Scottish Rite Association.
After the presentation of awards and scholarships to the Junior ROTC honor cadets, Ambassador Roger Wise gave some words of wisdom to the junior cadets on the topic of leadership.
In closing East Side Scottish Rite President Michael H. Wilson said he was proud of our country, communities and most especially the women and men who serve us each and every day by serving in the military.