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Top Marmion cadets receive military promotions

Sep 19, 2016 12:32PM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Marmion alumnus Robert Miller of Aurora, Class of 1959, presents a saber to his grandson, Battalion Commander Andrew Lifka of Aurora.

Marmion Academy's 2016-2017 Corps of Cadets in formation awaiting the annual Sabre Ceremony on Friday, September 9, 2016.

Marmion Academy's JROTC program honored 40 cadets with military promotions at the annual Sabre Ceremony on Friday, September 9, 2016.  These senior cadets were presented with a sabre (officers) or a sword (sergeants) by their parents and family members, as they were promoted to the highest ranks in available in the JROTC program.  The following are Marmion's JROTC student leaders for the 2016-17 school year:

Battalion Commander Andrew Lifka of Aurora, Executive Officer S. Charles Zimmer of Geneva,  Adjutant Ryan Thornton of St. Charles, Information Officer Timothy Wisdom of Aurora, Operations Officer Chase Schaben of Plano, Supply Officer Kyle McCullough of St. Charles, Command Sergeant Major Riley Wise of Elburn, Personnel Sergeant Zachary Moore of North Aurora, Information Sergeant Daniel Lin of Aurora, Operations Sergeant Myles Schoonover of St. Charles, and Supply Sergeant Munro Powell of Homer Glen.

Headquarters Company Commander Adam Streich of Aurora, Company Executive Officer James Milder of Winfield, 1st Platoon Leader David Tennant of Aurora, 2nd Platoon Leader Nicholas Grant of St. Charles, and First Sergeant Henry Pierce of Aurora.

Alpha Company Commander Fredy Quevedo of Elgin, Company Executive Officer Zachary Lentz of Aurora, 1st Platoon Leader Collin Gibson of Oswego, 2nd Platoon Leader Jonathon Groom of Aurora, 3rd Platoon Leader Bradley Burgermeister of Naperville, and First Sergeant Benjamin Garcia of Elburn.

Bravo Company Commander David Chiesa of Sugar Grove, Company Executive Officer Matthew Middendorf of Batavia, 1st Platoon Leader Rene Collias Gomez of Aurora, 2nd Platoon Leader Brandon Currie of Sugar Grove, 3rd Platoon Leader Riley Frield of Aurora, and First Sergeant Edward Warda of Aurora.

Charlie Company Commander Nicholas Sevenich of Yorkville, Company Executive Officer Zachary Fincher of Elburn, 1st Platoon Leader Nicholas Higgins of Aurora, 2nd Platoon Leader Tyler Hudmon of St. Charles, 3rd Platoon Leader Quinn Gratz of Geneva, and First Sergeant Ryan Wiacek of Aurora.

Delta Company Commander Brendan Scanlan of Sugar Grove, Company Executive Officer Connor Hoeft of Sugar Grove, 1st Platoon Leader Sean Miller of Geneva, 2nd Platoon Leader Jett Haas of Aurora, 3rd Platoon Leader Nicholas Calabria of South Elgin, and First Sergeant Nicholas Brennan of Clarendon Hills.

Marmion's Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps is a U.S. Army high school program. In the program, cadets learn to become better citizens through classes focusing on history, leadership, and oral communication.  They take part in military drill, inspections, and parades. As they advance through the ranks, they assume increasing responsibility for leadership among other cadets in their company.  The JROTC program supports a competitive Rifle Team and Drill Team. In addition, cadets can participate in an Adventure Platoon and a one week JROTC Summer Camp.