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The JROTC Catamount Battalion held their fifteenth annual Awards Banquet on March 27, 2018.
Cadets escorted special guests, such as representatives from American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Military Officers Association, Dalton Public Schools administration and Dalton Public Schools school board members, all to their reserved seating within the banquet. The special guests and families of the cadets arrived shortly after to have dinner and watch the program.
The mistress of ceremonies for the evening was Cadet Major Paola Arredondo, assisted by Cadet First Sergeant Cynthia Castillo. Everyone stood for the posting of the colors, commanded by Cadet Major Javier Robledo, along with the singing of the National Anthem by Cadet Captain Karina Paez. After the national anthem, Command Sergeant Major Jayden Kregel led the Pledge of Allegiance. The Battalion Commander took the podium with the blessing of the food.
Cadet Kregel then escorted row by row to get their food. The DHS Culinary Arts class prepared more than 250 meals featuring lemon pepper chicken, potato wedges with sautéed green beans, and a peach cobbler for dessert.
There were 28 awards presented during the ceremony. The awards recognized individuals within the program who demonstrated throughout the school year qualities of academic excellence, leadership, dedication and perseverance, physical fitness accomplishments, overall involvement, involvement in flag details and attaining a high amount of community service hours. After all awards were given out, the seniors received cords for completion of the JROTC pathway alongside receiving plaques in recognition for their dedication to the program. The color guard then retired the colors and Cadet First Sergeant Cynthia Castillo closed the ceremony.