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Cadets, president honored among battalion’s shining stars

Three Penn College cadets and President Davie Jane Gilmour were among those honored at Saturday’s Bald Eagle Battalion Military Ball, held at the Bald Birds Brewing Co. in Jersey Shore. Joseph L. Elinski, of Wilcox, graduating this month in manufacturing engineering technology, was presented with the Gen. George C. Marshall Award “for recognition as the overall outstanding student in military and academic studies, leadership and physical fitness” for 2021-22; “Cadet of the Year” honors were bestowed upon Jared Riley Ward, a manufacturing engineering technology student from Manchester, Maryland; and Kurt M. Maly, a mechatronics student from Effort, was named the Top MS4 (senior) Cadet. Lt. Col. John C. “Chris” Acosta, ROTC instructor, surprised Gilmour with acknowledgement of the college’s historic support of the program.

The guest speaker for the evening was Brig. Gen. Laura McHugh, deputy adjutant general-Army, Pennsylvania National Guard.

In addition to the cadets pictured below, other Penn College seniors recognized during the Military Ball are Blake T. Blodgett, of McDonald, welding & fabrication engineering technology; Ryan A. Godard, of Fairfield, emergency management & homeland security; Anthony J. Marturano, of Clarks Summit; McDonald, welding & fabrication engineering technology; Joshua E. Norris, of Gratz, human services & restorative justice; and Megan Nosker, of DuBois, civil engineering technology.

– Photos by Tom Wilson, writer/editor-PCToday

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