Thursday, June 12, 2014

Kean Senior Morgan Cleaveland Awarded Four-Year ROTC Scholarship to UVI

Kean High School Senior Morgan Cleaveland receives a check representing her ROTC scholarship to attend the University of the Virgin Islands. Making the presentation are, from left, ROTC Professor of Military Science Lt. Col. Robel Ramirez, Cleaveland, Kean High School Battalion Cmdr. Eddie Charles and Master Sgt. Russell Bannister Russell, the senior military instructor on UVI’s St. Thomas Campus.

Ivanna Eudora Kean High School senior Morgan Cleaveland received a four-year Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship to attend the University of the Virgin Islands during a special presentation ceremony at the high school on June 10. Cleaveland, a cadet captain in Kean’s ROTC program, is the fifth student to receive a full ROTC scholarship to attend UVI. The presentation was made by ROTC Caribbean Region Commander Lt. Col. Rodel Ramirez, who is also a professor of military science. ROTC scholarships were also presented to Kean seniors Cadet Lt. Col. Dinelle Cadette and Cadet Maj. Jamaal Al-Ameen during the same ceremony.
U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Herman Bardouille, right, a recent UVI 
graduate, addresses students at Kean High School.  

The presentations were made before other Kean students and each scholarship recipient took the opportunity to speak to their classmates about the importance of focus, hard work and involvement in school activities. Newly minted U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Herman Bardouille, who was commissioned during UVI’s recent Commencement Ceremony on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix in May, was also on hand to discuss the opportunities available to high school students.