Two Smith-Cotton JROTC Cadets were recently presented with the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Outstanding Achievement Award.

At Monday night's Sedalia 200 school board meeting, Board President Dr. Jeff Sharp, presented the award to JROTC Cadet Capt. Erika Tackett, and Cadet Lt. Col. Laura Haney.

Sedalia 200 says the award is the highest honor available for JROTC cadets. Lt. Col. (Ret.) Harry Cunningham, S-C senior Army JROTC instructor, said typically one Legion of Valor honor is awarded for every 100 schools with JROTC programs, and only 60 to 65 cadets are honored each year nationwide.

Cadets are selected based on a variety of criteria, some of which include their academic record, class standing and leadership.

"These two cadets are truly outstanding," Cunningham told the board. Tackett and Haney are the latest in a long line of S-C JROTC cadets to earn the honor, including Krysta Ott, Hannah Ott, Caitlyn Craig, Paul Chernookiy, Jordan Bush, Alexandria Stewart, Shelbi Davis and Nikkole Warren.

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PIC: from left, Dr. Jeff Sharp, Cadet Capt. Erika Tackett, and Cadet Lt. Col. Laura Haney