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Cadet Caitlyn Burton is Awarded the Legion of Valor and Shares Her JROTC Story

 Cadet Caitlyn Burton is Awarded the Legion of Valor and Shares Her JROTC Story
Cadet Caitlyn Burton Receives Legion of Valor Award
Photo Credit: LTC (R) David McGee
  • Posted on Oct 6th, 2020
  • Story by: Cadet Caitlyn Burton
  • 6th Brigade
    Event Legion of Valor

SHREVEPORT, LA – I’d love to say it was easy. I’d love to say it was effortless and was no challenge whatsoever. But that’s just not the truth. In order to achieve something like this you have to put in the time, the effort, and the work. Personally, one of the challenges has been the work. At times it can feel like a lot and maybe a bit overwhelming but I had to remember my goals and why I was doing it all. Having goals in mind as well as a positive outlook really helped me in my journey.

In order to achieve this award, it took leadership, citizenship and scholarship.

I don’t consider myself to be top dog in every category but I will say I worked hard in each and everyone. At the end of the day that’s what it comes down to, my willingness to put in the work in order to be successful. At times I wasn’t always as successful as I would’ve liked to be, but having resilience is what got me through it. I had to achieve a balance of sorts in order to accomplish my goals and good grades. I was and still am a part of multiple teams and clubs and these things take time out of the schedule. But while doing that I still had to maintain my good grades, while simultaneously fulfilling my leadership positions in JROTC. It was certainly a challenge and there were many late nights that came with it. It makes the reward that much greater in the end. It gives one a sense of satisfaction and a comfort and knowing that what you’re doing will pay off and you will be recognized.

Finding that balance was the biggest challenge yet. Having to figure out what to dedicate my hours to and how many to dedicate to each thing took time. But not letting all of these things overwhelm me is something that kept me going. Establishing mini goals along the way as meeting them helped as well, it helped to keep me going when it all just seemed like too much.

Along the way I was able to learn and grow in discipline and responsibility. These are two great outcomes that come with a challenge like this. Overall it just makes it worth the wait, time, and effort. And after all has been said and one I am honored to say that I am a recipient of the Legion of Valor Award.

Caitlyn is enrolled in the Engineer Magnet Program at Captain Shreve. She is currently ranked 3rd in her senior class of 405 seniors. All of her core classes are enriched and honors. Her GPA on a 4.0 scale is 4.0. Caitlyn is an outstanding cadet who strives for perfection in everything she is assigned. During the time that she has been in JROTC she has held several positions. During her LET 2 year she held the position of Squad Leader. Due to her performance she was selected to be on Battalion Staff during her LET 3 year (2019-2020) Caitlyn is also a member of the JROTC Academic Team, Rifle Team, and Adventure Team. She is also the Adventure Team Commander. Due to her performance during the 2019-2020 school year, she has been selected to be the battalion commander for the 2020-2021 school year. Caitlyn is a member of the National Honor Society. She is a member of the Captain Shreve Book Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Spanish Club, Key Club, and Black Studies Association (BSA). Caitlyn recently received the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement. Caitlyn has received numerous academic awards throughout her high school career. In 2018, 2019, 2020, Caitlyn received the PTSA Distinguished Scholar Award. She was awarded the Superior Cadet Award in 2018, 2019, and 2020. She received the American Legion Scholastic Excellence in 2019. In 2019 and 2020 she won the Reserve Officer’s Association Marksmanship Award. Caitlyn is applying to both the Air Force Academy and West Point and plans to attend one of them upon graduation from Captain Shreve.

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Cadet Caitlyn Burton Receives Legion of Valor Award
Cadet Caitlyn Burton Receives Legion of Valor Award