By Mary O’KEEFE
The Crescenta Valley High School JROTC is a successful and busy organization. Throughout the school year, and during the summer, the cadets work, train and perform at several events not only in Crescenta Valley but also beyond.
On May 20, the cadets were honored for their leadership and hard work at their annual End-of-Year Awards Banquet at Clark Magnet High School. Twenty-nine cadets received nationally recognized awards from 19 different organizations.
The cadets are the uniformed, respectful young adults who present the Color Guard at several events, most recently the Memorial Day service at Two Strike Park on Monday morning followed by a quick trip to the Glendale service. That was after they participated in Friday’s Lincoln 500.
The cadets work hard throughout the year training for their specific duties as well as keeping strong academically. Some are preparing for a future in the military but the majority of the kids who join JROTC have interests in other areas.
Ben Marchman, a cadet for four years, is not planning on a military career. He said the program has helped him with discipline and in his college applications.
Led by Lt. Col David Worley, JROTC has become well respected for its professionalism and counted on by many organizations around Crescenta Valley as a source of volunteers. They have been distinguished with the prestigious Air Force JROTC Distinguished Unit Award. Only about one third of the 882 units nationwide were selected for this award.
The recipients are listed below along with the award received:
Gloria Han, junior, Air Force Association
Dillon Dejam, senior, Order of Daedalians Award
Benjamin Marchman, senior, American Legion Military Excellence Award – Gold Medal
Andre Khosrovian, senior, American Legion Military Excellence Award – Silver Medal
Paul Cooper, senior, American Legion Military Excellence Award – Silver Medal
Philip Park, senior, American Legion Military Excellence Award – Bronze Medal
Liliana Espino, senior, American Legion Military Excellence Award – Bronze Medal
Helen Bender, junior, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Award
Joanne Lee, junior, American Veterans (AMVETS) Award
Hee Ju Kang, junior, Reserve Officers Association of America (ROA) Award
Kevin Yang, junior, Reserve Officers Association of America (ROA) Award
Jennifer Choi, junior, Military Order of the World Wars Award
Aaron Torske, junior, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Award
Vincent Hong, junior, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Award
Shawn Kim, junior, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Award
Sehoon Park, sophomore, National Sojourners Award
Daniel Jung , sophomore, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Award
Yae Rin Cho, junior, Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Award
Jisun Paek, sophomore, Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) Award
Brandon Kim, freshman, Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) Award
Amy Youm, sophomore, Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War Award
Karen Lee, sophomore, The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA) Award
Andrea Locicero, The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA) Award
Andrew Kim, freshman, Tuskegee Airmen AFJROTC Cadet Award
Anthony Kim, freshman, Tuskegee Airmen AFJROTC Cadet Award
Eric Stepanian, freshman, Celebrate Freedom Foundation Award
Vicky Song, freshman, Celebrate Freedom Foundation Award
Alen Lee, freshman, Non-Commissioned Officer Association Award
Liezel Dignos, freshman, Non-Commissioned Officer Association Award
Gloria Han was recognized by HQ AFJROTC as the 2012 Distinguished Cadet of the Year; Dillon Dejam, senior, Ben Marchman ,senior, Gloria Han, junior, Yae Rin Cho sophomore, Jisun Paek sophomore and Andrea Locicero, freshman, were also recognized as recipients of the Outstanding Cadet Ribbon for their respective year groups.