MOAACC honors Academy appointees and ROTC scholarship recipients


U.S. Coast Guard retired chief/warrant officer Dan McIntyre addresses the military academy appointees and ROTC scholarship recipients.

SENIOR LIFE Jill Blue Gaines

Military Officers Association of America Cape Canaveral Chapter recognized Brevard County students who this year received appointments to military academies and ROTC college scholarships.

Seventeen ROTC students from around the county were honored at a luncheon held by MOAACC on May 15 at the Indian River Colony Club in Viera. The students, were praised by MOAACC officials as future leaders.

Seven of the students were from Viera High School, where retired Army Lt. Col. Tim Thomas is the senior instructor in the JROTC program.

“We’re very proud of them,” Thomas said. “I’m very proud of their accomplishments, as we are for all of the cadets, all 17 cadets that were here. Even though they might have not been from our school, we’re proud of their accomplishments, and we thank MOAACC for sponsoring this event.”

Students are headed to the U.S. Military Academy, at West Point, N.Y., the U.S. Air Force Academy, as well as colleges with Reserve Officer Training Corps. The students will major in studies, such as aeronautical engineering, chemical engineering, aerospace engineering, premedical and veterinary medicine. SL

Space Coast High scholarship earner:

Logan Lawhorn – Air Force ROTC, University of Central Florida

Rockledge High School scholarship earner:

Carlos Penrod — Army ROTC, Stetson University

Viera High School scholarship earners:

Drake Vaske, Army ROTC — University of San Francisco

Aniya Cosby — Air Force Academy Prep School

Andrew Scougall — Air Force ROTC, University of Florida

Lexi Ewing — Army ROTC, University of Florida

Joseph Avery-Dipolito — Army ROTC, University of Florida

Brandon Mays — Military Prep School

Jordan Kaplan — Air Force Academy


Island High School scholarship earners honored:

Nick Hensley— Army ROTC, ERAU

Darren Higgins — Army ROTC, ERAU

Jordan Krueger — Army ROTC, Stetson University

Shania Rodriquez — Army ROTC, Georgia Military College

Laryssa Mellendez — Army ROTC, Georgia Military College

Charlie Meholic — Army ROTC, ERAU

Morgan Scott — Air Force ROTC, University of Florida

Kyle Dentmon — Air Force Academy