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Memorial Day Parade Honors

Georgia Military College honored those brave individuals who have paid theultimate price in service to our Country with a special ceremony on Friday, May 23 at 2:30 p.m. on Grant Parade. The guest speaker was Civilian Aide – Secretary of the Army Duke Doubleday. LtGen William B. Caldwell, IV, GMC President recognized Professor Linda Lawrence who is retiring after 22 years of service to GMC students. In recognition of her outstanding performance, she received a GMC saber and has been named Professor Emeritus with all of the rights and privileges thereto. Each year, Georgia Military College employees send to a committee appointed by the President nominations for GMC Employee of the Year. This award recognizes the GMC employee who contributes most to accomplishment of the GMC mission during school-year-just-ending. This year’s nominees include: Brian Hendricks (GMC Augusta campus); Amanda Norman (GMC Columbus campus); Cynthia Craig-Wolter (GMC Fairburn campus); Edward Shelor (GMC Milledgeville campus); Latoya Costello (GMC Valdosta campus); Booker O’Brien (GMC Warner Robins campus).Of these nominees, LtCol Edward Shelor was named the 2013-2014 GMC Employee of the Year for contributing most to the accomplishment of the GMC mission during the school year. LtCol Edward Shelor, Associate Professor of History, is a model GMC employee whose actions speak volumes about his commitment to GMC and our students. In addition to being an outstanding member of the faculty, he has been instrumental in organizing the Milledgeville campus Student Veterans Association; he helped three GMC students earn congressional internships, he won the GMC Ethics Lesson plan competition, and he serves on the Student Honor Council, the GMC Disciplinary Committee, the Equity Grievance Panel, Phi Theta Kappa, the Georgia Civil War Commission, the City-County Consolidation Committee, and he is an Ethics bowl moderator and judge. In his spare time, he is a volunteer fireman, teaches Sunday school, presents speeches at the World History Association, runs triathlons and most recently, he completed his Education Specialist degree. Members of the GMC family who have distinguished themselves in their service to humanity were recognized with the Distinguished Order of the Servant Leader award. This award recognizes any member of the GMC family who has demonstrated outstanding service to others by donating at least 100 hours of community service in one year. From the Junior College, Cadet Captain Dexter Weems and Lanicka Stroud received the Distinguished Order of the Servant Leader Award. From the Prep School, Cadet Sergeant Patrick Lewis who has donated at least 200 hours of community service earned the award with the 1st Oak Leaf Cluster. From the Prep School, Cadet Sergeant First Class Analese Bridges is the first cadet ever to earn the Distinguished Order of the Servant Leader medal’s sixth award for more than 600 hours of community service. Each year, the Junior College and Prep School Companies engage in a friendly rivalry amongst themselves as they vie for the coveted designation of Saber Award Company. The criteria used to judge this competition includes the Inspections, Discipline, Character, Parades, Intramurals-School Spirit, and the Academic Record of each of the members of the company. Cadet Captain Maesha Johnson accepted the honor for Alpha Company of the 4th Battalion. Cadet Captain Vanna Ruth Stone Aacepted the honor for Headquarters Company of the 2nd Battalion. Cadet Captain Kaylee Wysong accepted the honor for Echo Company of 3rd Battalion. View additional photos from the parade here: http://gmcpr.smugmug.com/20132014/Memorial-Day-Parade-52314. ###