FORT SMITH, AR -- On August 24, 2021, Northside High School Army JROTC senior Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Braden Springs 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 43 cadets were approved for the award in 2021.
The presentation took place on August 24, 2021 during the Annual Parent Night at the Northside High School auditorium by Dr. Keri Rathbun, principal of Northside High School.
In JROTC, Springs is commander of the cadet battalion and has been captain of both JLAB (JROTC Leadership Academic Bowl) and Rifle teams, He currently commands a cadet battalion that has 392 cadets and is the largest in the 5th Brigade of Cadet Command. As a first year cadet, he was also on the JLAB team that qualified as one of the top 24 out of 3,000 teams nationwide. He has been recognized as Cadet of the Month, and served as a Cadet First Sergeant during his Junior year. He is a scholar (4.0 GPA) and leader (Junior Leadership Academy). Cadet Springs participated in Arkansas JCLC 2021 where he was selected to serve as Battalion Commander. As a JROTC cadet, he has completed nearly 100 hours of community service. Cadet Springs is a senior at Northside High School and plans to pursue an engineering degree at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.