NAVY LEAGUE NEWS
The Atlanta Metropolitan Council held its 22nd Annual Youth Awards Banquet May 14. It is the
biggest council event of the year and the culmination
of a year of hard work, learning, competition, community service and fun for more than 3,000 Navy and
Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps
(JROTC) and U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC)
cadets, almost 100 Naval Science instructors, and
numerous family members and friends.
The Atlanta Metropolitan Council supports 45 high
schools with Navy and Marine Corps JROTC units and
eight NSCC units, all of which were eligible for the
awards, according to a report by Diane Ritter, the
council’s vice president of Public Affairs.
The JROTC Outstanding Cadet of the Year (COY)
Award went to Cadet LCDR John Erskine of the
Kennesaw Mountain High School NJROTC unit. The
NSCC Outstanding Cadet William T. Schwendler COY
Award went to Cadet Petty Officer 1st Class Zachary E.
Lee of the Pathfinder Excursion Squadron.
MCJROTC Cadet CAPT Tyler Wilson of Heritage
High School was named COY runner-up. Three cadets
received Honorable Mention awards: Cadet CAPT Maria
E. Campos of the Rockdale County High School
MCJROTC, Cadet CDR Michelle Nguyen of Gainesville
High School NJROTC and Cadet LT Jordan Rogers of
the Allatoona High School NJROTC. Cadet Petty Officer
2nd Class John Davis of the Warrior Division received a
Sea Cadet Honorable Mention award.
The JROTC awards were presented by Council
President Jeff Alexander and Dale Mastley, vice president
of Youth Programs, who coordinated the dinner. The
NSCC William T. Schwendler Award for Excellence was
presented by William T. Schwendler Jr. and James F.
Hunter, NSCC, Council Sea Cadet Chairman. Each of the
honorees received a monetary gift as part of the award.
Candidates for the Outstanding COY JROTC Award
are cadets who have received their unit’s Navy League
of the United States Theodore Roosevelt Youth Medal
and served at least two years in the Navy or Marine
Corps JROTC; exhibit ethical and reliable leadership
skills; have served in a management position in his/her
JROTC unit; and demonstrate a desire for advancement of both him/herself and his/her unit. They must
be nominated by their unit Senior Naval/Marine Corps
Science Instructor, according to Ritter.
Atlanta Metropolitan Youth Awards
Honor JROTC, NSCC Cadets
By PETER ATKINSON, Deputy Editor
WWW.SEAPOWERMAGAZINE.ORG 54 SEAPOWER / SEPTEMBER 2015
Cadet LCDR John Erskine, center, holds the trophy he
received as the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps
(JROTC) Outstanding Cadet of the Year from the Atlanta
Metropolitan Council during the 22nd Annual Youth Awards
Banquet May 14. The Cadet of the Year Runner-up was
Cadet CAPT Tyler Wilson, left. Cadet CDR Michelle Nguyen,
second from left, was one of three Honorable Mention
award winners, as were Cadet CAPT Maria E. Campos, second from right, and Cadet LT Jordan Rogers, right.
Cadet Petty Officer 1st Class Zachary E. Lee, right,
received the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps Schwendler
Award as Cadet of the Year during the Youth Awards
Banquet. Cadet Petty Officer 2nd Class John Davis, cen-
ter, received Honorable Mention. At left, Cadet Petty
Officer 1st Class Kashka Sobers holds the Annual Jason
E. Lawson Trophy the 1124th Construction Battalion
received as Outstanding Sea Cadet Unit.