2023 CHANGE OF COMMAND/AWARDS CEREMONY
On Saturday, 13 May 2023, the Raptors of ND-20061 held their 17th Annual Change of Command Parade and Awards Ceremony at Fargo South High School. Over 200 parents and guests attended the two ceremonies. The guests were treated to a formal Military Change of Command Parade where the Class of 2023 turned over the reigns of ND-20061 to the Class of 2024 followed by a pass-in-review by the entire Cadet Corps. In addition, the unarmed and armed exhibition teams performed for the attendees.
Following the Change of Command Parade, nineteen National Awards and several local awards were presented to cadets. A list of the National Award winners is provided below. The 2023 winner of the William Muscha Award was Cadet Justyce Johnson. A special thanks to the Parents Group for the cake and refreshments between the ceremonies.
NATIONAL AWARDS RECIPIENT Air Force Association Award Nicholas Borowski Daedalion Achievement Award Thomas Lemen Daughters of the American Revolution Award Justyce Johnson American Legion Scholastic Excellence Award Andrew Rustebakke American Legion General Military Excel Award Parker Liedahl American Veterans Award Madalynn Orvis Reserve Officer Association Award Pluto Draper Military Order of World Wars Award Colten Rau Military Officers Association of America Award Declan Black Veterans of Foreign Wars Award Justin Smith National Sojourners Award Kaden Liedberg Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction Award Andrew Prak Military Order of the Purple Heart Award Faith Hanson-Buethner Sons of the American Revolution Award Carson Moilanen Air Force Sergeants Association Award Adelaid Bakken Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War Matthew Roeszler Tuskegee Airmen Incorporated AFJROTC Award Daniel Dill Mallory Denault The Retired Enlisted Association Award Zander Huso Celebrate Freedom Foundation Award Kaija Holloway