TROY—Eight Troy University Army Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets have been named Distinguished Military Graduates.
“This is by far the strongest class since the establishment of Army ROTC at TROY,” said Major Jim Holder, chair of military science at the University. “This is an outstanding achievement for our students and demonstrates their commitment to their academic achievement as well as their Army training.”
The Distinguished Military Graduate designation is awarded to the top 20 percent of ROTC seniors in the nation. Of the eight TROY cadets, three are in the top four percent and one is ranked 63rd nationally.
Sarah Brechwald, a Master of Science in International Relations graduate student from Stillwater, Okla., earned the highest ranking, placing her in the top one percent of all Army ROTC cadets in the country.
Brian Embry, a senior psychology major from Thomasville, N.C.; Joshua Joseph, a senior criminal justice major from Pensacola, Fla.; and James Micciche, a senior psychology major from Charlottesville, Va., all placed in the top four percent.
Derrick Davis, a senior psychology major from Baltimore, Md., placed in the top 13 percent, Christopher Foster, a senior psychology major from Laurel Hill, Fla., placed in the top 14 percent, and Danielle Roach, of Baton Rouge, La., and Benjamin Vonderheide, of Dartmouth, Mass., both senior social science majors, placed in the top 17 percent of ROTC graduates nationwide.
“Achievements such as these are indicative of the high quality that our military science department insists upon in Army ROTC at Troy University,” said James Rinehart, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “From the recruitment of highly qualified cadets, through the commitment to excellence in training and culminating at graduation and commissioning, the Army ROTC program is doing an outstanding job.”
At least 17 Army ROTC cadets will graduate this year and receive their commissions, making this the largest commissioning class since the program’s inception in 1998. Cadet Davis will graduate and be recognized at fall commencement Dec. 11 at Sartain Hall. Commencement begins at 10:30 a.m.