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Senior cadet honored with Legion of Valor award

Jasmine McCormick
April 08, 2014

McDaniel senior Jasmine McCormick is one of only seven cadets nationwide to earn the prestigious Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement, presented at the April 8 President’s Review.

McCormick, representing the 4th Brigade, was selected for the award from all the Army ROTC programs in six states: Maryland, West Virginia, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

The first thing the Psychology major did when she found out was call her mom in Antioch, Calif. to share the news.

“McDaniel has given me a lot of opportunities,” said McCormick, who is a captain of the track team, member of the Trumpeters leadership honor society, and already has nine other awards to her name.

Her leadership experience, athletic prowess and academic dedication are what made her a promising candidate for the award, explained Lieutenant Colonel Eric Atherton, who described McCormick as “what the Army’s looking for.”

“I’ve been impressed with her ability to balance all that she’s done,” said Atherton.

Her accomplishments range from 2nd place in the outdoor heptathlon and 3rd in the indoor pentathlon to completing Airborne School and Air Assault School – the latter is even more impressive considering most battalions send only a couple cadets to even one of these.

McCormick, a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society, spent last summer doing research in McDaniel’s neuroscience research lab before heading to the West coast for ROTC leadership training, where she earned first-place honors in physical fitness. 

The previous summer, she spent three weeks in Senegal, equipped with three semesters of Arabic, teaching English to Tunisian soldiers and helping to build an orphanage at part of a national ROTC Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency program.

Many other McDaniel cadets were recognized at the President’s Review, including senior Nicholas Smith of Sykesville, Md., as the top cadet out of 18 seniors in the Green Terror Battalion, which also includes students from Hood College and Mount. St. Mary’s University:

Legion of Valor Bronze Cross – Jasmine McCormick ’14 of Antioch, Calif.

George C. Marshall Award – Nicholas Smith ’14 of Sykesville, Md.

Distinguished Military Graduates – Jasmine McCormick and Nicholas Smith

Distinguished Military Students – Katharine Armstrong ’14 of Wilmington, Del. and Olivia Brundage ’14 of Westminster, Md.

The Department of the Army Superior Cadet Award – Richard Stuart ’15 of Westminster, Md., Nicholas Mollica ’16 of Wilmington, Del. and Sean Kaliszak ’17 of New Freedom, Pa.

American Legion Award – Michael Nims ’15 of McLean, Va., Nathan Ashbaugh ’16 of York, Pa. and Jesse Guttman ’17 of Chevy Chase, Md.

Society of the War of 1812 Award – Russell Kimmel ’16 of Frederick, Md.

Sons of the American Revolution Award – David Thornberry ’17 of Germantown, Md.

Reserve Officers Association Award – Jamal Corbin ’16 of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Bradley Hull ’17 of Keedysville, Md.

National Sojourners Award – Jess Rogers ’16 of Hampstead, Md.

The Military Order of the World Wars Award – Jacob Dulling ’16 of Eldersburg, Md. and Andrew Schiller ’17 of New Market, Md.

Military Order of the Purple Heart Leadership Award – John Collins ’16 of Easton, Md.

Daughters of the American Revolution Award – Katharine Armstrong and Olivia Brundage

The Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States – Luke Yox ’16 of Eldersburg, Md. and Sean Kaliszak

Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Award – Michael Nims