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Texas A&M University at Galveston
Texas Maritime Academy and NROTC Programs
News Release
Thursday, May 13, 2010

2010 NROTC and Texas Maritime Awards


MIDN Jensen and Captain BooneGalveston, Texas – Texas A&M University at Galveston and Texas Maritime Academy and NROTC programs presented awards on April 28, 2010.

Mrs. Mary Gulley presented the Daughters of the American Revolution ROTC Award to Midshipman (MIDN) Mary Daniel. MIDN Daniel’s desire to lead and passion for her future career as a Naval Officer makes her an example to follow.

MIDN Shawn Bodily received the Sons of the American Revolution Award. MIDN Bodily has provided the unit with dignity and integrity this semester and earns the honor to receive the award from the Sons of the American Revolution. His hard work and dedication to duty are qualities that set him out from his peers. MIDN Bodily’s attitude and desire to “serve the country in any way I can” will certainly help mold this unit for years to come.

MIDN John Watson received the General Society of the War of 1812 Award. Recipients of the General Society of the War of 1812 ROTC Award are selected by the local ROTC unit commander from university students meeting the following criteria: Have encouraged and demonstrated the ideals of Americanism by deed or conduct or both. MIDN Watson has set himself apart by his superior academics and physical fitness.

Captain Boone of the National Sojourners presented MIDN Latoosa Jensen the National Sojourners Award. This award is presented to an outstanding cadet in each unit who has demonstrated and encouraged the ideals of Americanism within the unit. MIDN Jensen has done such through her dedicated service to the unit and corps of cadets. 

MIDN Jacqueline Azoulay was awarded the American Veterans Excellence Medal. This medal is given based on grades and overall academic superiority. MIDN Azoulay has distinguished herself as having the highest GPA in the unit all while participating in ROTC and as a varsity athlete on the rowing team.

MIDN Alan Ratzel received the Military Order of the Purple Heart. This award recognizes an outstanding cadet who is enrolled in the ROTC program and demonstrates leadership ability.

MIDN James Park received the Military Officers Association of America Award. The Military Officer Association of America award is presented annually to a junior who has demonstrated academic excellence, high moral character, loyalty to the unit, school and country and shows exceptional potential for military leadership.

National Defense Transportation Association Excellence Medal was presented to MIDN Matt Johnson. This medal is given based on aptitude and leadership. MIDN Johnson has distinguished himself as serving as an example for all to follow through his hard work and dedication to this unit and this school.

USAA Spirit Award was presented to MIDN Sam Pettigrew. The USAA Spirit award is an award provided to us by USAA and has been given here for ten years. It is given to the MIDN who best exemplifies the concept of service to unit community and nation. MIDN Pettigrew’s achievements this semester have done just that while serving as the MMR Commander. He is honored with this clock from USAA and his name will be posted on a perpetual plaque in the ROTC office for years to come.

Houston Area Reserve Officer Association Award was given to the unit executive officer, MIDN Alan Ibarra. This award recognizes this MIDN’s hard work and leadership through his work as the NROTC Executive Officer and for his selection as next year’s Corps Commander.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars ROTC Medal was presented to MIDN Shannon Peters by Chief Wilson. MIDN Peters received this award for her hard work and dedication this year while serving as the unit Operations Officer.

Officer-in-Charge Letter of Commendation was presented to Officer Candidate Mitchell Barry for superior performance as a sta-21 officer candidate student and as assistant supply officer. Petty Officer Barry’s outstanding performance, dedication to duty and personal involvement in command functions contributed significantly to the mission of the command. Petty Officer Barry’s exceptional professional ability, initiative, and loyal devotion to duty reflected credit upon himself, department of naval science and the United States Naval Service.”

Jim and Betty Sterling Scholarship was presented to MIDN William Hentschel. This scholarship endowment honors a sophomore in the MMR or NROTC program with a strong potential for leadership in the Corps of Cadets and as a Naval Officer.

Merchant Marine Reservist of the Year was presented to MIDN Barrett Adams.

NROTC Midshipman of the Year was presented to MIDN Sean O’Connor.

Recipient of the William Paul Ricker Memorial Corps Commander Scholarship was selected by the Commandant and the Superintendant of the Texas Maritime Academy - MIDN Alan Ibarra was selected because of his demonstrated leadership skills as a junior line staff cadet and his potential to lead the entire Cadet Corps of over 300 cadets next year.

J.C. “Bubb” Rudd was one of the founding fathers of the Texas Maritime Academy. This scholarship was established by the Port of Sabine Propeller Club in memory of JC “Bubb” Rudd, to recognize outstanding cadets from the Southeast Texas area. Cadet Clayton Eason received the JC “Bubb” Rudd Memorial Scholarship.

Cadet Kate Fosatti received the Women’s Maritime Club – Sabine District Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to the License Option cadet who has at least 60 hours, a High GPR, and strong potential as a future merchant mariner.

Cadet Alexandre Boudreaux was awarded the Captain Mark Hicks Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is in memory of Captain Mark Hicks, a graduate of the US merchant Marine Academy and Harbor Pilot for the Port of Freeport. This scholarship was endowed as the final activity of the Propeller Club of the Port of Freeport.

Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association Scholarships were presented to Cadets Christopher Semmler, Aaron Palmietto, and Cassandra Sattler. These scholarships are awarded to sophomores and upperclassmen that are in pursuit of a third engineer steam/motor license, and have a strong desire to seek a seagoing career.

Captain J.L. “Buster” Vaughan Memorial Scholarship was presented to Cadet James Fiore. This scholarship was awarded by Jesse and Stanley Vaughan in memory of their father, Captain J.L. “Buster” Vaughan.

Captain and Mrs. Jack Smith Academic Awards were presented by Captain Smith. Cadet Matthew Walker was recognized as the outstanding senior deck cadet on last summer’s cruise.  Cadets Rebecca Johnson, Ryan Miller, Tyler Gibson and Matthew Ricther were recognized for being the top scorer in each section of cadets taking the Coast Guard Lifeboat Exams.

Conoco Phillips Scholarships were presented to Cadets Christopher Semmler, Paul Hendrick and Ryan Carden. This scholarship is geared toward Cadets with interest in the energy industry, who are looking for outstanding challenges and who seek opportunities that are commensurate with their skills and abilities. This scholarship is awarded on academic performance.

Kirby Inland Marine Scholarships were presented to Cadets Landon Malcolm, Joseph Cacciola, Scott Stock, Cory Fontenot, Gene Tuttle, Sandy Walker, and Ryan Carden. These Cadets have demonstrated the achievement and leadership ability to successfully pursue careers in the brown water industry. These top junior and senior Cadets were chose based on their academic accomplishments, demonstrated leadership and pursuing a license in the Marine Transportation program.

Kirby Inland Marine Scholar – Mary Nell Cates Valerius Memorial Scholarship is awarded to the top junior deck cadet enrolled in the License Option Program. The Cadet Kate Fossati was selected based on her outstanding grades, willingness to tackle all challenges and strong demonstrated leadership abilities.

Buddy and Linda Fredrickson Endowed Scholarship was presented to Cadet Angus Patterson.  It is awarded to the top junior Cadet enrolled in the Marine Engineering department The cadet was selected based on his outstanding grades and leadership abilities.

G&H Towing Scholarships were presented to Cadets Seth Leo, Gene Tuttle, Jonathan Bell and Christian Ladner. This award is given to those cadets who love the sea and want to have a career in the Brown Water industry.

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