The Smith-Cotton High School JROTC Tiger Battalion held its annual Awards Night on Thursday, April 20 in the Heckart Performing Arts Center.

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Krysta Ott was promoted to commanding officer and Mackinzie Brines-Beach was honored as Cadet of the Year. In addition, the national champion runner-up Raider physical fitness team was recognized.

CO3: New Smith-Cotton JROTC commanding officer Krysta Ott holds the battalion colors as she accepts the mantle of leadership during the JROTC Awards Night event Thursday, April 20, in the Heckart Performing Arts Center. Ott also received the Special Forces Association JROTC Award of Excellence.

CompanyOfYear: Cadet Emily Taylor, commander of Bravo Company, holds the Company of the Year trophy as she watches company cadets fill the stage in the Heckart Performing Arts Center.

CadetOfYear: Cadet Mackinzie Brines-Beach, right, receives the Cadet of the Year award during the Smith-Cotton Army JROTC Awards Night ceremony Thursday, April 20, in the Heckart Performing Arts Center. Presenting the plaque are S-C Senior Army Instructor Lt. Col. (Ret.) Harry Cunningham, left, and Dan Barbour of the 40 & 8 veterans organization.

Raiders1: Smith-Cotton's national championship runner-up Raider team was recognized during the awards ceremony. The team missed out on the national title by less than one second of time. Team members, from left, are Margarita Antonova, Kayla Archambault, Colin Berger, Alex Bishop, Marcus Boyd, Yuliya Kalashnykova, Elizabeth Lozada, Yoana Nandho, Justin Quilala, Alex Stevenson, and Matthew Wallace.

HughesSchol: Brittany Johnson presents the Matthew S. Hughes Military Scholarship, worth $1,000, to Cadet Gage Saulbeamer. The scholarship honors Hughes, who served in the Army and died in a 2008 vehicle collision.