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Southern Guards Battalion ROTC presents awards

Friday, April 28, 2006

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Guards Battalion ROTC presented a number of awards during its annual Awards Banquet held at Wofford College on Friday, April 28.

The Battalion is the Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) for students at Wofford, Converse College, Spartanburg Methodist College, the University of South Carolina Upstate and Limestone College.

These awards were presented:

American Legion Military Excellence Award, presented by Spartanburg American Legion Post 28 to outstanding advanced program cadets at each institution for general military studies excellence – MSIV Cadet Travis Sartor, USC Upstate

American Legion Scholastic Excellence Award, presented by Spartanburg American Legion Post 28 to outstanding advanced program cadets at each institution for scholastic excellence – MSIII Cadet Matthew Campbell, Wofford College

Daughters of the American Revolution Senior ROTC Award, presented by Nathanael Greene Chapter of DAR to a graduating ROTC student who has demonstrated academic excellence, dependability, good character, adherence to military discipline, leadership, and a fundamental and patriotic understanding of ROTC – MSIV Cadet Brooke Johnson, Wofford College

Military Officers’ Association of America Senior ROTC Medal, presented to an outstanding MSIII cadet who shows exceptional potential for military leadership – MSIII Cadet George Parks Bunch, Wofford College

Military Order of the World Wars Award, presented to cadets who are outstanding in military and scholastic studies during the entire school year. The order is a patriotic service organization composed of former and current military officers dedicated to ensuring American values are recognized in tomorrow’s leaders.
Gold Award – MSIII Cadet Christopher Williams, Wofford College
Silver Award – MSII Cadet Brian Gomes, USC Upstate
Bronze Award – MSI Cadet Gerald Jones, USC Upstate

National Sojourner’s Award, presented to an outstanding MSII or MSIII cadet who has contributed the most to encourage and demonstrate Americanism within the Corps of Cadets and on campus – MSII Terrance Floyd, USC Upstate

Scottish Rite Award, which recognizes second- or third-year military science cadets who display patriotism in their extracurricular activities and community service projects. The Scottish Rite, a fraternal organization chartered in Charleston, S.C., in 1801, presents the award. – MSIII Cadet Sandra Rogers, Wofford College

Reserve Officers’ Association Award, presented at each institution to an outstanding MSII, MSIII and MSIV cadet who has demonstrated outstanding qualities of leadership, moral character, and high aptitude for military service.
MSII Cadet Tamara Prioleau, USC Upstate
MSIII Cadet Michael Wood, Wofford College
MSIV Cadet Ebony Haynes, USC Upstate

Sons of the American Revolution Senior ROTC Award, presented to a meritorious cadet enrolled in each institution. The cadet must show a high degree of merit with respect to qualities, soldierly bearing, and excellence. – MSIV Cadet Ponnicaterral McKenzie, Wofford College


United States Automobile Association Spirit Award, presented to a cadet who demonstrates and furthers Esprit de Corps through the Corps of Cadets. The award is signified by a plaque engraved with the cadet’s name that is permanently on display in the Military Science Department. The cadet also receives a crystal clock. MSII Cadet Stephen Prince, USC Upstate

Southern Guards Battalion Physical Fitness Achievement Award, which recognizes cadets for tremendous gains in the area of physical fitness since enrolling in the fall semester. MSIII Cadet Sheresa Buchanan, USC Upstate, and MSIII Cadet Ashley Sellers, USC Upstate

Army Physical Fitness Test Excellence Awards, presented to the top contracted cadet in each MS level. Freshman Level – MSI Cadet Gerald Jones, USC Upstate; Sophomore Level – MSII Cadet Brian Gomes, USC Upstate; Junior Level – MSIII Cadet George Parks Bunch, Wofford College; Senior Level – MSIV Cadet Jamie Culbreath, USC Upstate; Most Improved APFT Score/Male – MSIII Alan Lancaster, USC Upstate; Most Improved APFT Score/Female – MSIII Cadet Alysia Butler, USC Upstate; Southern Guards Battalion Superior Fitness Award (for highest APFT Score) – MSIII Cadet George Parks Bunch, Wofford College

Southern Guards Battalion Von Stueben Award – Recognizes cadets for their achievements in drill and ceremony. As a Prussian committed to the development of a professional American military, Gen. Von Stueben receives accolades for writing the first military book on Drill and Ceremony and ensuring the fledgling American forces were trained tirelessly and prepared to face the British on the field of battle. Each spring semester, a competition is held to determine the most skilled MSIII in the techniques of drill and ceremony. – MSIII Cadet Frank Thayer, USC Upstate

Ranger Award, presented to the cadet who participates on the Ranger Challenge team and best exemplifies the Ranger ethos of “Lead the Way” through physical fitness and technical and tactical mastery. – MSIII Cadet Shaun Gray, USC Upstate

Department of the Army Superior Cadet Citation, presented to exemplary cadets in each Military Science level.
MSI Cadet Gerald Jones, USC Upstate
MSII Cadet Tamara Prioleau, USC Upstate
MSIII Cadet Christopher Williams, Wofford College
MSIV Cadet Brooke Johnson, Wofford College

Army Distinguished Military Student Citation, presented to the top 1/3 of each class at the beginning of their senior year.
MSIV Cadet Brooke Johnson, Wofford College
2nd Lt. Michelle Roberts, graduate of Converse College

United States Army Accessions Command Distinguished Military Graduates – Recognizes graduates based on their academic records, military leadership abilities, and leadership camp evaluation. – 2nd Lt. Michelle Roberts, graduate of Converse College, who finished in the top 2 percent in the country

Major General James C. Dozier Award, the Southern Guards Battalion’s highest honor, awarded to the top Military Science senior. Dozier was a graduate of Wofford College who received the Congressional Medal of Honor as a lieutenant while serving with the 30th Infantry Division in World War II. The award, with the recipient’s name, is on permanent display in the Military Science Department. – MSIV Cadet Stephanie Worlund, Wofford College

George C. Marshall Award, which attests to the recipient’s campus leadership, military skills and academic excellence. The recipient attended the national conference in Lexington, Va., where the George C. Marshall presented her with the George C. Marshall Award. The foundation only offers this prestigious award to the nation’s top cadets. The award draws its inspiration from the life and career of George C. Marshall, America’s premier soldier-statesman. – MSIV Cadet Brooke Johnson, Wofford College

Cadet Professional Development Training:
Completion of Cadet Troop Leadership Training – MSIV Cadet Jamie Culbreath, USC Upstate; MSIV Cadet Brooke Johnson, Wofford College; 2nd Lt. Michelle Roberts, Converse College
Completion of Airborne Qualification Course – MSIII George Parks Bunch, Wofford College
Participation, Special Operations Command’s Robin Sage II training course – MSIII Cadet Christopher Williams, Wofford College; MSIII Cadet Michael Wood, Wofford College

National Society of Scabbard and Blade Initiates, which recognizes top cadets and emphasizes patriotism and military values.
2nd Lt. Michelle Roberts, Converse College
MSIV Cadet Stephanie Worlund, Wofford College
MSIV Cadet Ponnicaterral McKenzie, Wofford College
MSIII Cadet Michael Wood, Wofford College

Physical Training Award – Dr. Jim Griffis, acting chair and associate professor of philosophy at USC Upstate, who was the speaker for the awards banquet, was presented with a special Physical Training Award for his participate and excellence in the Army Physical Fitness Test.