Sedalia School District 200 Board of Education President Dr. Jeff Sharp, right, presents Smith-Cotton JROTC Cadet Col. Brittany Bobbitt with the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Outstanding Achievement Award, the highest honor available for JROTC cadets, during the board's Sept. 23 meeting at Smith-Cotton High School.

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 their academic record, class standing and leadership, among other criteria. "Brittany Bobbitt is an outstanding candidate for this award and very deserving," Cunningham told the board.

Bobbitt is the latest in a long line of S-C JROTC cadets to earn the honor, including Ericka Tackett, Laura Haney, Krysta Ott, Hannah Ott, Caitlyn Craig, Paul Chernookiy, Jordan Bush, Alexandria Stewart, Shelbi Davis and Nikkole Warren.