FORT KNOX, Ky. (September 25, 2012) -- Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) cadets from around the country hold their collective breath every September awaiting the release of U.S. Army Cadet Command's national Order of Merit List (OML).
The OML ranks all Army ROTC seniors across the nation, with the top 20 percent earning the designation of Distinguished Military Graduate. This year there were 1,119 Distinguished Military Graduates out of the 5,579 cadets on the OML.
Cadets' OML rankings are determined by a number of criteria, including grade point averages, strong athletic performance in the Army Physical Fitness Test and college athletic participation, performance during college ROTC training and at the Leader Development and Assessment Course at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, outside Tacoma, Wash.
This year the top 10 cadets are:
1. Patrick J. Lupfer from Northeastern University, Boston, Mass.
2. John W. Lebaube from Campbell University, Buies Creek, N.C.
3. Sungkuyn Chung from the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va.
4. Aimee E. Moores from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.
5. John A. Whitlock from the University of Louisville, Louisville, Ky.
6. Kyle C. Feldman from Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, Calif.
7. Oran B. Carroll, Jr. from the University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas.
8. Rachelle G. Boucher from Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Ky.
9. Patrick S. Anderson from the University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas.
10. Joseph W. Riley from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.
The mission of U.S. Army Cadet Command is to commission officers to meet the Army's leadership requirements through the senior ROTC program, and to operate a world-class citizenship program to instill life skills in high school students through Junior ROTC.