On May 12, 2010 The Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution ended a successful year with a tour, meeting and picnic at Brunswick town/Fort Anderson. Awardees, parents and teachers also attended. The program was held in recognition of the student winners of the group’s Junior Officer Training Corp (JROTC) scholarship awards. The purpose of JROTC is "to instill in students in [United States] secondary educational institutions the values of citizenship, service to the United States, and personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment. The young women who received the DAR, JROTC award had to demonstrate academic excellence, dependability, good character, adherence to military discipline, leadership and the fundamental and patriotic understanding of the importance of the Reserve Officer Training Corp.” Trudy Tanzillo, Chairman of National Defense Committee introduced the award winners: Erica Wagnon, Krystal Vonwalk, and Brandi Musselwhite.
Erica graduated from North Brunswick High School. Her senior year she held a position of cadet major in JROTC. She was captain of her school’s soccer team and involved in many church and community activities. She was a member of the French Honor Society, National Honor Society, captain of the soccer team and National Society of High School Scholars. She has a four year soccer scholarship to Chowan University. She would like to pursue a career as a physical therapist.
Krystal graduated from West Brunswick High School. Her interests included JROTC and held a position of S-4. She volunteered at Brunswick Family Assistance during her 4 years in high school. Krystal helped out with the summer food program for needy children. She will begin Brunswick Community College in the fall to pursue a career in elementary education.
Brandi just completed her junior year at South Brunswick High School. She has been very active in the Air Force JROTC color guard her freshman and sophomore years at Laney High School in Wilmington, NC and continued her involvement with JROTC at South Brunswick this year.
The students previously received a $100.00 savings bond and pin and were presented with a certificate of recognition to the JROTC winners at the May DAR meeting.