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Senior cadet earns high ROTC honor

Patrick Owsiak ranked 11th on nationwide Order of Merit List

11/21/03

Xavier senior Patrick Owsiak recently earned the distinction of being ranked 11th out of 4,681 ROTC cadets nationwide on the Order of Merit List by the U.S. Army Cadet Command.

Each year, the command ranks senior cadets for the purpose of assigning job specialties as the cadets prepare to be commissioned as second lieutenants upon graduation. This year, the command looked at 4,681 cadets from 270 universities across the country that have Army ROTC programs.

The top 20 percent of cadets on the list also are being named distinguished military graduates upon graduation. University Cadets Patrick Hicks and Eric Wicktora, both of whom ranked in the top 10 percent on the Order of Merit List, joined Owsiak in earning the distinguished status.

The ranking is based upon each cadet's academic grade point average; performance in leadership positions at the National Advanced Leadership Camp at Fort Lewis, Wash.; an assessment by the professor of military science; fitness level; and participation in service organizations, campus government, club organizations and athletic teams.

"This year's senior class continues to do outstanding things in not only the ROTC program, but in other organizations both on campus and in the community," says Lt. Col. Timothy Gobin, professor of military science and chair of Xavier's military science department. "I have no doubt that upon graduation these new officers will service the nation well and be great leaders of America's sons and daughters."

Xavier has a total of 16 cadets in the senior class, and they are scheduled to receive their Army commission on May 14, 2004.

For more information, contact Gobin at 513 745-1060.