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Abigail Glass

The requirements for this most prestigious award are rightfully high. Few will meet the standards, but obviously those who do will present a strong list of competitors and all are special in their own way. 

Cadet Glass is exceptionally dedicated and meticulous with a uniform that is always impeccable and a demeanor beyond reproach. She is in her fourth year in the NJROTC program, is a Basic Leadership Training graduate, is a 2023 recipient of the NJROTC Area 8 Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement Award, and was the first runner-up for the statewide Alabama JROTC Navy/Marine Corps Vice President, a first for Robertsdale. As a result of her hard work and natural abilities, she currently serves as the Battalion Executive Officer overseeing all daily requirements for her 140-cadet unit, and she previously served as the Battalion Administrative Officer. Additionally, she is very active on the unit’s Academic team and Color Guards, including participating in the nationally televised YellaWood 500 (Talladega) and at the Daytona 500.

On campus, she is a member of the school’s National Honor Society, the Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society, and the Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society. She was chosen as part of a group to form a STEM Academy, a first of its kind for Baldwin County, and subsequently was handpicked to organize and oversee the establishment of a community STEM summer camp for middle school students with a goal of stimulating interest in young students exploring STEM careers. She serves as the President of the Youth Task Force whose mission is to highlight awareness of domestic violence and abuse to the school’s student body. She and another cadet organized an art exhibit highlighting how domestic violence and abuse affect community members. The project was recognized by Governor Ivey with an interest in being exhibited in Montgomery at a future date. She has previously served as the captain of her Scholar’s Bowl team, which was runner-up in the county championship, and she attended the coveted Alabama Girls State leadership program. She remains very active in community service, completing over 100 hours in the past three years, including spearheading a local beautification project for a public library which resulted in a cost savings of over $30,000.

Cadet Glass is extremely organized and very dedicated to her unit. While driven in whatever endeavor she undertakes, she uses multiple resources to constantly communicate with those in her charge. She is open to ideas and fully understands that unit members want the best as well, so she cannot ignore them. She is clearly driven to succeed in the classroom and her resume is that of an outstanding cadet in an outstanding unit.

Based on numerous discussions with Cadet Glass; close observation of her as a leader, in the classroom, during community service, and at many Color Guards; and her essay, I feel completely confident that she is prepared to become an active citizen of the United States today and that NJROTC has given her the skills and confidence to meet graduation and adult life head on.