CORDOVA -- The Edisto High School Air Force Junior ROTC unit SC-20021 had its annual awards ceremony Thursday, May 9, in the school's auditorium, where a group of student cadets was honored for their hard work, dedication and service to community.
The AFJROTC provides more than 1,500 hours of community service each year. Throughout the school year, cadets have conducted roadside cleanups, food drives and helped with blood donations for Edisto High School.
More than 600 ribbons and medals were presented during the ceremony, including 20 from local area fraternal and service organizations.
Edisto High School cadets receiving organizational awards and honors are: Cadet Tanner Edmonds, Air Commando Association award; Cadet Tucker Canaday, Air Commando Association award; Cadet Fernando Solano, the Tuskegee Airmen award; Cadet Shadae Benjamin, the Tuskegee Airmen award; Cadet T.J. Foster, the Sons of Confederate Veterans H.L. Hunley award; Cadet Tati'Ana Archie, the Masons Grand Lodge award; Cadet Ethan Pritcher, the Sons of Union Veterans award; Cadet Marvin Bonaparte, the Air Force Sergeants award; Cadet Omara Chavez, the Military Order of the Purple Heart award; Cadet Cameron Coker, the Scottish Rite award; Cadet Chandler Whetstone, the Sons of the American Revolution award; Cadet Ja'Neice Moorer, the national Sojourners award; Cadet Paul Agic, the Veterans of Foreign Wars award; Cadet Tyrone Williams, the Military Officers of America Association award; Cadet Dakota Martin, the Military Order of World Wars award; Cadet Simeon Gordon, the Reserve Officers Association award; Cadet Tishayna Robinson, the American Veterans award; Cadet Tysheona Peoples, the Marine Corps award; Cadet Victoria Washington, the Daughters of the American Revolution award; Cadet Francisco Noyola, the American Legion Military Excellence award; Cadet Taniyah Kimbrough, the American Legion Scholastic award; Cadet Tariq Parker, the Daedalian award; and Cadet Je'Wan Goodwin, the Air Force Association Award.
Cadets earning top honors were Cadet Brianna Strickland for top academic average in AFJROTC; Cadet Reese Browne for outstanding dress and appearance; Trevon Watson for top drill and ceremony cadet; Cadet Marvin Bonaparte was named outstanding Flight Sergeant; and Cadet Tysheona Peoples was named outstanding Flight Commander.
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The outstanding cadets overall by year group were Cadet Tariq Parker, Cadet Je'Wan Goodwin, Cadet Cameron Coker, and Cadet Katlin Langston.
Super Jock/Jill awards were given out to Cadets Marvin Bonaparte and Mattie Zeigler.
Cadets from Charlie and Foxtrot took honors as the best flight for each semester.
It was also announced that Edisto High AFJROTC earned the National Distinguished Unit award with Merit for 2019. This award is reserved for the best of all JROTC units nationwide. This is the 14th year that Edisto High School has earned this national award.
"The Edisto High School Air Force JROTC citizenship program is making a positive impact on the cadets, the school and the community,” Ron Henderson of HQ AFJROTC at Maxwell AFB, Alabama, said during the group's inspection in March.