2017 MacArthur Awards

Wentworth Military Academy and College awarded two deserving cadets the MacArthur Cadet of the Year Award recently during a short ceremony in front of the 137th Corps of Cadets.

The General Douglas MacArthur Foundation presents the award to cadets who attend institutions in the Association of Military Colleges and Schools. The Foundation encourages the cadets to emulate and practice the qualities of General MacArthur, who was a cadet at West Texas Military Institute and the U.S. Military Academy.

COL Michael Lierman, Wentworth’s President and Superintendent remarked during the ceremony that each of these cadets exhibited a great deal of leadership and have raised the standards that help their cadets find success. “As General MacArthur said ‘Duty, Honor, Country – those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn.’”

The MacArthur Award is presented to a senior cadet who demonstrates outstanding qualities in academic, military and athletic endeavors. The recipients each receive an engraved replica of the medal struck by Congress in 1962 honoring MacArthur, a cadet uniform emblem, a U.S. Savings Bond, and a copy of MacArthur’s autobiography Reminiscences.

Cadet CSM Zachory Jasinski of Wewahitchka, Fla. is a college sophomore and is the Battalion Command Sergeant Major. He is the son of Robert and Deborah Jasinski.

Cadet CPT Rebecca Finley is a high school senior from Waynesville, Mo., and is Delta Company Commander. She is the daughter of Patrick and Alle Finley.

“I am very proud of both C/CSM Jasinski and C/CPT Finley for exhibiting the qualities that I believe General MacArthur did. It was my honor to present these awards to these two cadets,” said COL Lierman.