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Clarkson University Army ROTC Cadet Earns Highest Award
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A Clarkson University Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) cadet was one of four nationally to be awarded the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement, the highest award a cadet can receive.
Cadet Battalion Commander Mickala S. Henson of Waverly, N.Y., a senior majoring in aeronautical engineering, was presented with the award in January by 1st. Lt. Justin Michel, A 1-71 CAV, 10th Mountain Division, a combat veteran who recently served in Iraq as a Platoon Leader.
Henson has proven herself militarily and academically. She has remained on the Presidential Scholar list at Clarkson since her freshman year. She is ranked first in her military science class and seventh on the National Order of Merit List for 2006. In 2005, she completed her training at the U.S. Army Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia, earning her silver jump wings. Through competitive selection, Henson also was a member of the Ranger Challenge team in 2005 and 2006. She was chosen for an Aviation Internship held at the University of North Dakota, which she completed last summer.
"Cadet Henson has accomplished an incredible amount during her tenure as a college student and cadet," said Lt. Col. John C. Hinrichs, professor of Military Science."Her contributions to both Clarkson University and the Golden Knight Battalion are very significant. She is gifted, hard-working and an absolutely determined young leader."
The Legion of Valor of the United States of American, Inc., provides this award annually for the achievement of scholastic excellence in military and academic subjects to stimulate development of leadership.
Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.
PHOTO CAPTION: Clarkson University Cadet Battalion Commander Mickala S. Henson (right) of Waverly, N.Y., was recently presented with the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement, the highest award a cadet can receive, by 1st. Lt. Justin Michel, A 1-71 CAV, 10th Mountain Division, a combat veteran who recently served in Iraq as a Platoon Leader. The award is the highest a cadet can receive.