• Angelo Minetti: Fourth year winner
After students are nominated, they fill out a nominee package questionnaire—worth a maximum of 45 points—and then meet the board in person for another possible 55 points.
Cadets who meet the board are issued study guides that will help them prepare for potential questions from board members.
The nominee package questionnaire asks the cadets eight questions pertaining to their involvement in AFJROTC, the school, the community, and demonstration of leadership skills.
Upon completion, the cadets submit the questionnaire and meet with the board. The board is chaired by the cadet group or senior deputy group commander.
The board members consist of the cadet deputy group commander and four cadet squadron members. These cadets are Cadet Col Elizabeth Ihrke (Board President and unit deputy group commander), Cadet CMSgt Jessica Sumrow, Cadet Capt Arick Hauschild, Cadet 1st Lt Ani Smentek and Cadet SMSgt Aiden Hart, and are referred to as “The Top.”
The board evaluates the applicants through an inspection of their uniform, a drill command performance, and a series of questions.
Once the scoring is complete, the board recommends a winner in each category (based on the cadet’s year in AFJROTC) to Colonel George Ramey.