SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Army ROTC program honored 14 cadets Thursday as part of its annual Department of Military Science and ROTC Frontier Battalion Awards and Contracting Ceremony at the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center.
Lt. Col. Joseph Alessi, professor of military science and director of the SRU ROTC program, conducted the ceremony.
Alessi commended the cadets and said SRU's Army ROTC program ranks in the top 10 percent of the 1,300 programs nationally.
Award recipients were:
•Maggie Manocchio, a criminology and criminal justice major from Kent, Ohio, who received the Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America Award and the National Sojourners Award
•Stephen Hoxsie, a health and physical education major from Reading, who received the National Guard Association Award
•Kristin Corradini, an exercise science major from Somerset, who received the USAA Spirit Award
•Richard Klumph, a health and physical education major from West Middlesex, and Shane Curran, a business management major from Ellwood City, who were presented the Reserve Officer's Association Award; Curran also received the AUSA ROTC Medal and the Department of the Army Superior Cadet Award; and Klumph also received the Department of the Army Superior Cadet Award
•Geurin Barrows, a criminology and criminal justice major from Philipsburg, who received the AUSA Military History Award
•Alexandra Slagle, a criminology and criminal justice major from Harrisburg, who received the National Defense Industrial Association Award
•Justin Adams, a history and philosophy major from Salem, Ohio, who received the American Veterans Award, the Distinguished Military Graduate Recognition and the George C. Marshall Award
•Garrett Miller, a secondary education major from Leechburg, who received the Sons of the American Revolution Award
•Daniel Seasock, an exercise science major from Wilkes Barre, and David DiPasquale, a history major from Collegeville, both received the Veterans of Foreign Wars Award; Seasock also received the Military Order of the World Wars Award, and DiPasquale also received the Sgt. York Award
•Matthew Cullen, a criminology and criminal justice major from Hadley, who received the Military Officer's Association of America ROTC Award
•Andrew Double, a history major from Evans City, who received the Military Order of the World Wars Award
•Jacob Geist, a safety management major from Punxsutawney, who received the Department of the Army Superior Cadet Award and the SSG Curtis Lacey Christley Award
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