By Lynn Maynard, Vice Regent and National Defense Chairman, Joshua Stevens Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
On May 13, 2017, at the meeting at the Veterans Memorial Library in St. Cloud, the Joshua Stevens Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, honored six JROTC cadets from high schools in Osceola County.
Each year Joshua Stevens Chapter awards DAR JROTC bronze medals to student cadets of outstanding ability and achievement who are juniors or seniors in high school JROTC programs of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. Medal recipients are selected by the professors of military science and the principals of the school.
**Recipients must have demonstrated loyalty and patriotism and earned a record of military and scholastic achievement during their participation in an JROTC program.
**Students must be in the upper 25% of their classes in JROTC and in academic subjects.
**They must have shown qualities of dependability and good character, adherence to military discipline, leadership ability, and a fundamental and patriotic understanding of the importance of JROTC training.
The winners for the 2016-2017 school year are:
Melanie Rivera – Osceola High School and Osceola county overall winner
Yarelis Aponte – Liberty High School
Veronica Dejesus – Celebration High School
Yelanis Marerro – Gateway High School
Zwinda Marcano – Poinciana High School
Hunter Reann Rogers – Harmony High School
These winners show the huge potential of our future leaders of the armed forces.