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Soddy-Daisy High JROTC students win back-to-back state awards

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Brandon Pippin and Krista Burnette Brandon Pippin and Krista Burnette

Soddy-Daisy High School's JROTC program has earned many trophies and honors, but school officials are most proud of the individual students:  the cadets who excel and aspire to be leaders.  The program is celebrating one of the rarest honors of all:  two students who have been named the State's Cadet of the Year, in back to back years.

It takes energy, enthusiasm, and dedication to succeed and thrive in JROTC.  At Soddy-Daisy High, no two students exemplify those traits better than senior Brandon Pippin and junior Krista Burnette.  According to the Sons of the American Revolution, and the American Legion, Brandon was State Cadet of the Year for 2012.  This year it's Krista.

Brandon is also 2nd runner up for National Cadet of the Year, and has earned appointments to both West Point and the US Naval Academy. 

Each credit their program's Lt. Colonel Robert Ward with instilling the discipline and work ethic needed to move up the ranks.  He says he couldn't be prouder of two students who are destined for leadership roles, in whatever field they choose.

Here is a listing of their recent honors and achievements:

Cadet LTC Brandon Pippin:

Tennessee Cadet of the Year 12/13 – Sons of the American Revolution

Tennessee Cadet of the Year 12/13- The American Legion

National Cadet of The Year 12/13- Second Runner-up

Appointment to West Point Army Academy

Appointment to the Naval Academy

Winner of the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross For Achievement


Cadet 1LT Krista Burnette:

Tennessee Cadet of the year 13/14 – Son of the American Revolution

Winner of this year's Kiwanis Club's Tennessee Girls State Scholarship

Selected for the Naval Academy Summer Leadership Seminar   

American Legion Scholastic Excellent Award

Superior Cadet Award

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