Cadet Captain Scarlett Reyes of the Mount Vernon High School Marine JROTC Battalion received the Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Enhanced Cadet medallion and a $1,000 check for winning the 2017-18 enhanced cadet competition. The award was given at the VSSAR annual meeting Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Omni Hotel in Richmond.
Reyes, a junior, at Mount Vernon was nominated for the state competition by the George Washington Chapter, SAR, of Alexandria. She will now compete in the national SAR competition for the chance to win $2,000, the National JROTC medallion and a trip to the national congress in Houston, Texas, later this year.
In order to win the state competition, she submitted a 500-700 word essay on the topic, "How JROTC made me a better United States citizen," a resume of her JROTC, school and community activities and recommendations from her principal and JROTC senior instructor.
Presenting the award was VSSAR President Michael Elston and state JROTC Chair Spurgeon Keith. Elston is a past president of the George Washington Chapter, SAR.