Lawton_Four Cameron ROTC cadets are among the top ten percent of all Army ROTC cadets in the nation. Cameron's Derik Cadavid of Orlando, Fl.; John Heniger of Austin, Texas; Jeffrey Forry of Mount Joy, Penn.; and Gerald Krotzer of Midland, Mich., were named to the ROTC Cadet Command National Order of Merit List which was recently released, ranking the Cameron cadets in the top ten percent. The list ranks every ROTC cadet in the nation based on their overall performance and potential.
This year more than 4,100 cadets from 275 schools across the U.S. competed for a commission as an officer in the U.S. Army. Cadavid was ranked as the number three cadet in the nation. In addition, cadets James Cerrone of Lexington, Va.; Lance Crow of Ammon, Ind.; and Pavel Grepl of Usti Nad Labem, Czech Republic were named in the top 20 percent and designated Distinguished Military Graduates.
This accomplishment was based on outstanding academic performance, leadership abilities and overall physical fitness levels.
"Our overall numbers within the Army ROTC program at Cameron University are growing significantly," said Lt. Col. Bill Pitts, CU professor of military science. "Most importantly, the quality of our cadets has improved drastically as apparent by the large number of cadets within the top 20% of the national OML and the high number of civilian based scholarships awarded."
Cameron ROTC also had eight cadets recently selected for both national and regional civilian-sponsored scholarships. Cadavid and Minjae Back of Rockville, Md., were awarded $2,000 national scholarships while cadets Trent Bailey of Hill City, Minn.; LaCharles Brown of Lawton, Rhonda Higgins of Savannah, Ga.; along with Cerrone, Crow, and Grepl were awarded $1,000 regional scholarships for outstanding academic and leadership performance while attending Cameron University.