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Elizabethtown Area High School Honors Outstanding NNDCC Cadets at Annual Award Ceremony

Elizabethtown Area High School celebrated the exemplary achievements of its Navy National Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC) cadets at the annual NNDCC Award Ceremony held on Wednesday, May 8. This event recognized cadets who demonstrated outstanding leadership, service, academics, personal appearance, and military bearing throughout the program.

The NNDCC program serves as a precursor to the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) program. Elizabethtown Area High School is among a select few schools in the Commonwealth to offer the NNDCC program, providing students with opportunities to develop citizenship values, a sense of responsibility, and a commitment to serving the United States.

Cadets participating in the NNDCC program, spanning ninth through twelfth grades, engage in a comprehensive four-course curriculum covering topics such as civics, national security affairs, oceanography, and technology. Complementing the classroom curriculum are various leadership activities, community service projects, and military-connected initiatives throughout the academic year.

FC1 Michael Wilkinson, USN (RET) is Elizabethtown Area High School’s Naval Science Instructor and faculty advisor for the NNDCC program.

Congratulations to all the cadets for their remarkable achievements and contributions to the NNDCC program at Elizabethtown Area High School. The ceremony recognized the following outstanding cadets and their achievements:

Cadet Gracie Woodring: Awarded the Daedalian Award, recognizing patriotism, love of country, academic excellence, and leadership potential.

Cadet Austin Howes: Presented with the Daughters of the American Revolution Medal for outstanding ability and achievement in NJROTC, showcasing loyalty, patriotism, and leadership.

Cadets Nickolas Ellison and Stephanie Hall: Honored with the Marine Corps League Award for exemplary service to the unit and demonstrated leadership potential.

Cadet Lily-Ahna Glover: Received the Military Order of the World Wars Medal for embodying patriotism, good citizenship, and service to the nation.

Cadet Gracie Woodring: Recognized with the National Sojourners Award for academic excellence, leadership potential, and demonstration of Americanism.

Cadet Jaysen Hippensteel: Awarded the Reserve Organization of America (ROA) Award for meritorious contribution to national defense studies.

Cadet Austin Howes: Presented with the Scottish Rite Award for promoting Americanism, academic excellence, and outstanding leadership.

Cadet Lily-Ahna Glover: Honored with the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Award for demonstrated commitment to American citizenship and patriotism.

Cadets Nickolas Ellison and Joshua English: Awarded the Stephen Decatur Award by the Surface Navy Association for reflecting the Navy's core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment.

Cadet Stephen Polizzi: Recognized with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Award for outstanding achievement and exemplary leadership.

Cadet Lily-Ahna Glover: Presented with the Military Order of the Purple Heart Award for leadership ability and positive contributions to JROTC.

Cadet Austin Howes: Received the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Medal for exemplifying the core values of the Vietnam Veterans of America.


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NNDCC Awards Program Candid