R-MA senior awarded General Willard Scott Award

Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal has announced that Cadet Vice Corps Commander Caroline Grace Alexander was awarded the General Willard Scott Award for excellence in her 2013-2014 school year.

A graduating senior, she is the daughter of Lyle and Melinda Alexander of Front Royal.

The award was created by the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the U.S. in memory of General Willard Scott Jr. to recognize young men or women personifying the ideals of love of God, love of country and service to others as Scott did, according to a school story written by class of 2015 Cadet Jonathan Pederson.

Scott served in the Vietnam War as a deputy commander with the rank of colonel, the story said.

Grace joined Honor Guard freshman year before shifting to Drill Team her sophomore year. In her senior year, she was selected for Cadre, the student leadership within AFJROTC. She achieved the rank of major when she became Randolph-Macon Academy’s Vice Corps Commander this school year.

The student story quoted R-MA Commandant Colonel Gary Sadler, USAF Retired, saying, “Grace is probably the most driven and highly motivated young woman I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. Her positive and inspirational leadership style makes her a natural role model for 260 fellow cadets. … She is an inspiration to anyone, peer or adult, who gets around her.”

Grace was awarded at the February AMCSUS annual conference and again honored in the R-MA Spring Family Parade on April 25.