Cleveland High student Joseph Edmund was awarded the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement JROTC Award, one of the top recognitions for JROTC cadets in the nation.
Edmund was presented with the award by retired Command Sgt. Maj. Morris G. Worley during halftime of the Cleveland High homecoming football game against Smithfield Selma High.
Worley, who currently resides in Chapel Hill, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions in Vietnam and he was a member of the Board, National Commander and National Adjutant for the Legion of Valor of the United States of America.
The Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement ROTC Award is a national award given annually by the Legion of Valor of the United States of America to cadets who demonstrate scholastic excellence in Military and Academic subjects.
Awardees must be in the top 25 percent of their class class academically and in their JROTC program. They must have extensive volunteer hours and must have a letter of endorsement from their principal in order to be considered for the award.
Small percentages are selected and the authorized number of awards is based on the numbers in separate JROTC brigades in the United States and overseas. For example, 12,448 cadets in a brigade are authorized 4 awards.
“I feel extremely honored to receive this award,” Edmund said. “I have definitely worked very hard my three years here, and this is very exciting to be recognized.”
Edmund, is a senior and is the cadet battalion commander for the Cleveland High JROTC Battalion.
The award is given to cadets based on their academic performance, their leadership performance in JROTC, their physical fitness level and their involvement in their community. Cadets compete for the Legion of Valor at the national level and less than 1% of the JROTC Cadets in the country are selected.
Cadet Edmund excel academically, and sets the standard for physical fitness and has a higher physical fitness test score than any other cadet in the program. His volunteer hours through his church and the Boy Scouts of America are in the hundreds.
“Edmund is everything I expect a leader and a JROTC cadet to be: smart, mentally agile and mentally tough, physically fit, a critical thinker who is a humble, self-aware and a selfless team player,” said retired Lt. Col. Carol Ann Redfield, Senior Army Instructor for Cleveland High School JROTC, “Most impressive is his character. He is morally and ethically straight and candid and truthful. He possesses the intellect, skills, fitness, confidence and character to lead in whatever area he chooses to serve. I'm proud that he is representing Cleveland High with this award.”
Edmund will graduate in January and upon completion of his religious mission he will possibly pursue a career in the Air Force through the Brigham Young University ROTC program or the United States Air Force Academy.
PHOTO: Cleveland High student Joseph Edmund was awarded the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement JROTC Award.