Tri-Cities Military Affairs Council President Ernie Rumsby said Barkley received the JROTC Cadet of the Region award after "a thorough examination of her and other JROTC cadets in the area."
The award is given in a partnership between the ETSU ROTC Department and the Tri-Cities Military Affairs Council.
Barkley, who resides in Mount Carmel, hopes to be commissioned into the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant upon graduation from ETSU, where she will major in criminology.
She graduated from Volunteer High School this spring with a 3.4 grade point average having completed the school's Navy JROTC program.
She was VHS NJROTC executive officer in her senior year; Color Guard and Orienteering Team commander; member of the drill, exhibition, PT, and academic team; and successfully completed Basic Leadership Training and Leadership Academy.
She also completed dozens of training exercises with patrol, vice, SWAT, and achieved detective division ride-along status since October 2013
Barkley was VHS vice president of the student government executive board her senior year.
In addition to her school achievements, Barkley has also maintained a part-time job at Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt and has served as broadcast camera operator for Higher Ground Baptist Church since December 2012.