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Dozens of cadets awarded

More than 89 cadets were awarded 22 JROTC awards presented during the Halifax County High School JROTC awards ceremony Thursday.

Held in the high school auditorium, the ceremony kicked off with the presentation of colors and the national anthem. 

Cadet Command Sergeant Major Tyree Womack, a graduating senior, received the highest honor — the Celebrate Freedom Foundation Award for academics, leadership and citizenship, and the Reserve Officers Association award for outstanding dedication, citizenship, academics, military orientation and leadership.  

Three 11th grade cadets were selected for the three JROTC Battalion senior cadet leadership positions.  

Cadet Kristen Epps was promoted to lieutenant colonel and selected for the Cadet Battalion commander position. Among her awards, Epps received the USAREC JROTC Award for academics, leadership and citizenship, the Bronze Medal Daughters of the American Revolution award and other JROTC awards. 

Cadet John Fite was promoted to major and selected for the Cadet Battalion executive officer position. His awards included the AUSA Association of United States Army Award for outstanding cadet and a other JROTC awards.

Cadet Jamiey Serrano was promoted to Battalion Command sergeant major and selected for the Battalion Command sergeant major position. His awards included the USAREC JROTC Award for academics, leadership and citizenship, the Danville Scottish Rite Medal for outstanding cadet and other JROTC awards.

A slideshow was presented of the cadets’ events ranging from charity benefits, the Delta Book Donation, the military ball, middle school personal training and drill team. 

Guest speaker was Halifax County Assistant School Superintendent Valdivia Marshall. 

Marshall shared a “few motivational words” encouraging the cadets to “take a chance” and “be the person they are meant to be.” 

“Let today be an example of what you can be and what you can do,” said Marshall.

The cadets were told, “don’t stop growing, continue to learn” and “continue to grow in knowledge and wisdom.”  

The assistant superintendent told the cadets she looked forward to reading and hearing good things about them. 

“We are very proud of you,” Marshall concluded.