On Friday, May 24 Green Sea Floyds High School held its annual awards ceremony for their students enrolled in the U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program.
North Myrtle Beach Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10804 has been a part of this awards program for the last few years and has presented VFW awards to deserving students nominated by their Army instructors. This year incoming Post 10804 Commander Kevin Rorer and post member Bill La Monte were on hand to present the post’s annual Outstanding Youth Cadet Award to a student nominated by the school’s Senior Army Instructor, Chief Warrant Officer Four, Retired, Michael F. Burgos. This year’s Youth Cadet award winner is Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Savannah Collier, a senior.
Cadet Collier was nominated for her good academic standing and excelling in everything that is asked of her. Savannah was elected by her peers to be the JROTC Battalion Commander. She is a member of the National Beta Club and is extremely active in the community. Her moral and ethical character is above those in her age group and she continually seeks greater responsibility within her community, school and the JROTC program. This year alone, she gave over 100 hours of her time to improve the JROTC program in the school, do volunteer work with Toys 4 Tots and the Horry County annual Swampfest.
VFW Post 10804 is involved in recognizing outstanding JROTC students in many of the Horry County High Schools. The VFW and Post 10804 is not the only organization that supports the area high schools and their JROTC programs. This year, at Green Sea Floyds, JROTC students received recognition from the Marine Corps League, the S.C. National Guard, Daedalian, the National Sojourners, Daughters of the American Revolution, the Purple Heart Association, Scottish Rites, Military Officer Association and the Military Order of World Wars.
VFW Post 10804 is proud to stand with these organizations as they all honor the hard work and dedication these JROTC students exemplified this past year.
Congratulations to Principal Dr. Andrea Pridgen, CW4 Michael Burgos and SFC (R) Charlie Wilson for an outstanding Army JROTC program!
VFW Post 10804 incoming Commander Kevin Rorer and Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Savannah Collier display her award.
Kevin Rorer, Savannah Collier, Principal Pridgen and CW4 Burgos smile after the presentation.
Principal Pridgen, center right, is surrounded by some of her JROTC award winners.