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American Legion honors Hawkins NJROTC cadets

April 11th, 2014 11:34 pm by Jeff Bobo

American Legion honors Hawkins NJROTC cadets

American Legion First District Commander Ray Hice presents NJROTC Cadet of the Quarter certificates to Cadet Lt. Commander Madeline McDougal, of Cherokee High School, and Cadet Eric Hutson, of Volunteer High School. Contributed photo.

ROGERSVILLE — American Legion Post 21 honored a Hawkins County Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) "Cadet of the Quarter" from each of the county's main high schools during a ceremony last month.

Post commander Bill Jones said Post 21 began recognizing NJROTC Cadets of the Quarter in partnership with the NJROTC programs at Cherokee and Volunteer high schools at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year and plans to continue doing so.

Cherokee High School's Cadet of the Quarter is Lt. Cmdr. Madeline McDougal who was nominated by Cherokee senior NJROTC instructor Clyde Shumate.

She is currently assigned as the battalion executive officer responsible under the battalion commander for leading, guiding, directing, mustering, and providing physical fitness training for 175-plus cadets each academic semester.

"Cadet McDougal is a well-ordered leader who champions the highest standards of academic excellence, ranking her in the top 10 percent of Cherokee's class of 2014," Shumate said. "Cadet McDougal has sought out the more difficult honors classes including: honors world history, honors algebra I, honors English, honors geometry, honors algebra II, honors biology, honors French I and II, honors German I, advanced algebra & trigonometry, honors economics, honors government, honors chemistry, physics, AP American history, NJROTC (4 years), physics, and honors pre-calculus, AP calculus, AP biology, sociology, and naval leadership."

McDougal is the daughter of Chris and Kelly McDougal.

Volunteer High School's NJROTC Cadet of the Quarter is Eric Hutson who was nominated by Volunteer High School's senior NJROTC instructor Maj. Steve Bickford.

"Eric has been a diligent and reliable member of the NJROTC for four years now," Bickford said. "He exemplifies the concept of service before self by willingly and happily supporting the unit as an example for the other cadets. His example encourages others to participate in the NJROTC activities and service projects.

Bickford added, "He is nominated due to his continued and prolonged service to the NJROTC, the school, and the community."

Eric is the son of Debra and Charles Hutson.

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