Monday, July 21, 2014
Jamie Griganis Is Cadet of Year
Jamie A. Griganis, the graduating cadet commander in the Navy JROTC program at Southold Junior-Senior High School, is the Department of New York Cadet of the Year.
“It’s extremely humbling to be up here in front of so many role models” — the kind of military veterans “I aspire to be,” she said.
The National Honor Society member played both varsity tennis and softball, and won both Army and Navy ROTC scholarships to Fordham and Columbia universities, respectively. She also received a congressional nomination to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
Department JROTC/ROTC Advisor John Kasmer Jr. noted that the cadet was planning to pursue an Army commission at Fordham even though her dad, William, was a retired Marine major — which spurred a swell of Army “hooahs” from the convention crowd.