Lincoln-Way cadets earn "Cadet of the Quarter" title
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

On April 27, 2017, the AFJROTC board met from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. to score cadet candidates for “Cadet of the Quarter.”

Cadet of the Quarter recognizes cadets who have excelled in the Lincoln-Way AFJROTC program. After students are nominated, they fill out a nominee package questionnaire—worth a maximum of 40 points—and then meet the board in person for another possible 60 points. Cadets who meet the board are issued study guides that will help them prepare for potential questions from board members.

The nominee package questionnaire asks the cadets eight questions pertaining to their involvement in AFJROTC, the school, the community, and demonstration of leadership skills.

Upon completion, the cadets submit the questionnaire and meet with the board. The board is chaired by the cadet group commander. The board members consist of the cadet deputy group commander and three cadet squadron members. These cadets are Teresa Kozak, Kyra Baltas, Jared Bachman, Dustin Haven, and Elizabeth Ihrke, and are referred to as “The Top Five.” The board evaluates the applicants through an inspection of their uniform, a drill command performance, and a series of questions. Once the scoring is complete, the board recommends a winner in each category (based on the cadet’s year in AFJROTC) to Colonel George Ramey.

“The Cadet of the Quarter is an extremely competitive competition,” says Colonel Ramey. “Cadets are nominated based on stand-out performance from their peers. It’s a competition between the best of the best.”

Winners of the competition were announced on Monday, May 1, 2017. The winners by year in AFJROTC are:

1. Cheyenne Montano: First Year Winner
2. Arick Hauschild: Second Year Winner
3. Destiny Lyons: Third Year Winner
4. Francisco Briseno: Fourth Year Winner

All winners will have their official unit photo displayed and each will receive the Superior Performance Ribbon at the semester awards ceremony.