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WHS Air Force JROTC Cadet Meg Harris wins National-Level Award for Accomplishments

Cadet Meg Harris Wins State JROTC Essay Contest AwardRecently, a Wasatch High School Air Force JROTC Program cadet won a national level award for her accomplishments. Cadet Meg Harris is a 3rd-year cadet. Back in May, Cadet Harris earned the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) award for Wasatch HS. The VVA award recognizes a 2nd-year cadet who exemplifies advocacy, achievement, integrity, and camaraderie. The cadet must display exceptional academic achievements, leadership in cadet activities, and rank within the top 25% of their JROTC and academic class. Cadet Harris earned the unit award as a sophomore with a 4.0 GPA (with honors/AP classes), was the unit’s public affairs officer and academic bowl commander, a member of the JROTC Raider Team and Color Guard, and a member of the Wasatch High School Swim and Water Polo teams. She also accomplished over 25 hours of JROTC community service during the school year.
After winning at the unit level, her package was submitted for further state consideration. Cadet Harris won the Northern Utah VVA chapter award and was also the Utah VVA award winner for the 2020-2021 school year. Each of these awards came with a monetary scholarship gift of $250 and $500 respectively. As part of the award criteria, she had to write a 500-word essay on “What JROTC training has meant to me.”
Once she was the Utah winner, Meg competed at the national level against JROTC cadets from all services. A total of 27 states submitted award packages and Cadet Harris placed 3rd nationally. The award was presented to her at a JROTC competition on Saturday 23 Oct, along with another check for $1000. Wasatch is extremely proud of Cadet Harris’ accomplishments. Congratulations Meg!