Cadets from the Notre Dame Jr/Sr High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) have much to be proud of this school year.

The NJROTC program announced on April 27 that Notre Dame's Navy JROTC Cadets received Distinguished Unit with Honors for the time in the unit’s 44-year history.

Notre Dame Cadets have provided more than 5900 hours of community service and an additional 900 hours of school service during the 2016-17 school year. They marched in local parades, volunteered for Intergenerational Fall Cleanup, Buddy Walk, Flags for Heroes, Compassion Coalition and participated in Utica Veteran’s Day celebration.

The Cadets competed in more than 40 competitions for various activities: drill, color guard, academics, athletics, orienteering, and rifle marksmanship. The academic team placed first in a national academic postal exam.

Additionally, the Cadets conducted several overnight and day trips to visit naval bases and colleges around the region and nationwide. All this activity does not distract from their academic success, 100% of the Cadets will be graduating and attending a four-year college, eleven cadets are in National Honor Society.

Cadets realize that these achievements are not possible without the support of their families, their teachers, the school administration, and their community. The Cadets extend a heartfelt thank you to all of those who helped make their achievements possible.

Awards night

Notre Dame's NJROTC held its annual Awards Night on May 16, 2017 to recognize various accomplishments of the Cadets.

Over 200 NJROTC academic and program awards were presented to the 92 Cadets and more than 45 awards were presented by veterans’ groups and community organizations.

Cadets stood in for their Physical Fitness ribbons, Exemplary Personal Appearance, Exemplary Conduct, Naval Science Outstanding Cadet, and Aptitude ribbons.

Cadets came to the stage to be recognized for the highest NJROTC awards and for the community and veterans’ organization awards.

  • Honor Cadet: First Year – Madeline Peyton, Second Year – Alexis Candido, Third Year – David Zemanek.
  • Distinguished Cadet – First Year – Emily Kupiec, Second Year – Alexis Candido, Third Year – Ranjeet Kaur.
  • Most Improved Cadet: Cadet Isabella Green
  • The unit presented four Ceremonial Paddles to the Most Influential Cadets: Freshmen – Emily Kupiec, Sophomore – Isabella Green, Junior—Alexis Candido, Senior – Sarah Kupiec.
  • Two Cadets were recognized for receiving ROTC scholarships. Christopher Tucker received a AROTC and will attend Canisius College. Jack O’Shaughnessy received a NROTC scholarship.

Local organizations who presented awards include: American Legion 1376, The Military Officer Association of America/ Greater Rome-Utica Chapter, Marine Corps League, Herkimer Detachment 227, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7393, American Legion Post 113 Auxiliary, American Legion 229, Daughters of the American Revolution- Oneida National Society Chapter, Sons of the American Legion Post 1113, and The Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War.

The 2017-2018 senior leaders were installed by the outgoing cadet officers and promoted the incoming leaders:

  • Cadet Commanding Officer - Cadet LCDR Sarah Kupiec promoted and installed Cadet LCDR Sarah Snyder
  • Executive Officer - Cadet Lieutenant Matthew DeBlois promoted and installed LTJG Rebecca Cieplenski
  • Command Master Chief – Cadet/Master Chief Petty Officer Jack O’Shaughnessy promoted and installed Cadet/Master Chief Petty Officer Alexis Candido.

The graduating seniors were granted permission to “go ashore” in a traditional naval ceremony, announcing their formal departure from the unit.