Grainger JROTC Cadet awarded by NSDAR

Cadet Hayden Sinnamon, a senior at Grainger High School, was presented the JROTC Award by the Samuel Doak Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Sept. 6.

In the ceremony at First United Methodist Church of Morristown’s Prayer Garden, Samuel Doak Chapter Regent Carol Long, JROTC Awards Chairman Kimberly Lowry and Committee Member Hannah Kinkead presented Sinnamon a JROTC medal, a certificate, and a $50 check.

Hayden is the son of Jeffrey and Emily Sinnamon. Lieutenant Colonel William Lynn, who is the instructor of the Army JROTC program at Grainger High, selected Hayden for this award.

The requirements for the JROTC Award were read by Samuel Doak Chapter Awards Committee Woman Kinkead, who has recently returned from her deployment as a soldier at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. The Bronze JROTC Medal is awarded to either a junior or senior student in a secondary school JROTC program or to a junior college graduating senior (one medal per unit). Medals are worn according to JROTC protocol. JROTC medals and campaign bars are awarded to student cadets of outstanding ability and achievement in high school, junior college, college, or university ROTC programs of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. The DAR has awarded ROTC medals since 1967 because the ROTC is such an important source of trained officers for our armed forces.

The selection of the student to receive the DAR ROTC Award is made by professors of military science, principals or heads of schools, junior colleges, colleges, or universities, or by unit commanders. Recipients must have demonstrated loyalty and patriotism and earned a record of military and scholastic achievement during their participation in a ROTC program. They must be in the upper 25 percent of their ROTC classes and in academic subjects. They must have shown qualities of dependability and good character, adherence to military discipline, leadership ability and a fundamental and patriotic understanding of the importance of ROTC training. Not more than one student in a graduating class in a secondary school Junior ROTC program may be the recipient of the DAR Bronze ROTC Medal.