KNOXVILLE, TN -- On October 22, 2020, South-Doyle High School Army JROTC senior cadet Avery Burnham was awarded the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross from the Legion of Valor of the United States of America, Inc., an organization founded in 1890 and comprised of Medal of Honor and Service Cross recipients. The prestigious award recognizes cadets worldwide who have demonstrated excellence in military, scholastic, and civic affairs. Of the more than 305,000 cadets participating in the Army JROTC program worldwide, only 29 cadets were approved for the award in 2020.
The presentation took place on October 22, 2020, at 10:00 am, at the South-Doyle High School Main Campus library (2020 Tipton Station Road), and will be presented by Major General John E. Cardwell. Special guests include Congressman Tim Burchett, Senator Becky Massey, County Commissioner Carson Dailey, School Board member Kristi Kristy, Knox County School Superintendent Bob Thomas, Knox County Schools Chief Operating Officer Russell Oaks, South-Doyle High School Executive Administrator Tim Berry, as well as Cadet Burnham’s mother and grandparents.
In JROTC, Burnham has commanded the cadet battalion in both his junior and senior years and led our academic and exhibition drill teams. He earned the Superior Cadet Award (three awards), Marine Corps League Leadership Award, H.L. Hunley Leadership Award, and Scottish Rites Leadership Award. He is a scholar (4.38 GPA), athlete (cross country team captain) and leader (President of the National Honor Society). Cadet Burnham participated in the U.S. Naval Academy Summer Internship Program and was selected to attend Tennessee’s Boys’ State Convention in 2020. As a JROTC cadet, he has completed more than 100 hours of community service. Cadet Burnham is a senior at South-Doyle High School and plans to pursue an engineering degree at the University of Tennessee.