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KOS Scholarship Dinner meeting on May 2, 2019
5/2/2019
Kingdom of the Sun (KOS) Chapter Activities
Arlo Janssen, LTC, USA (Ret), Editor of the Sunbeams, KOS/MOAA

We had a very successful KOS Scholarship Dinner meeting on May 2, 2019, that was held at the Ocala Elks Lodge.  An excellent four-page dinner program was given to each guest attending the KOS Scholarship dinner. Our KOS Chapter gave six $1,000 scholarships to Marion County seniors heading to military academies or ROTC scholarships in college.  We were very impressed with the quality of this year’s KOS awardees. 

They were:

Meghan Bolin is graduating from Forest High School.  She received an appointment to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
Samuel Kwatkosky is graduating from Trinity High School.  He has received an appointment to the Naval Academy.
Tania Rodriguez is graduating from Vanguard High School with an International Baccalaureate diploma.  She has received an appointment to West Point.
Cadet Commander Kaileigh Skinner is graduating from Forest High School.  She will attend Santa Fe College with an Air Force ROTC Scholarship.
Nadia Vassou is graduating from Trinity High School.  She has received an appointment to the Naval Academy.
Cadet Major Jeremy Wellhoner is graduating from Forest High School.  He will attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on an Air Force ROTC scholarship.
 
Eight MOAA JROTC Leadership Medal Award winners were recognized by COL Bill Murray and our KOS Chapter in the year 2019.
Cadet Capt Lydia Desy, Belleview High School
Cadet/CSG Elana Lee, Lake Weir High School
Cadet/PO2 Kassidy Leverett, North Marion High School  
Cadet Major Yanna Ramos, Dunnellon High School
Cadet First Lieutenant Cheyenee Watson, North Marion High School
Cadet Command Sergeant Major Zane Roloff, Francis Marion Military Academy
Cadet Captain Kevin T. Chang, Forest High School
Cadet Command Sergeant Major Adrian Gonzalez, West Port High School

CDR Tom Dann highlighted the two Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) KOS Chapter fair winners and described briefly their STEM winning projects.
Gabriel Ribay, Howard Middle School
Nicholas Ruppel, Forrest High School

An article was submitted to the Ocala Star-Banner with pictures and it was published on Thursday, May 9, 2019.


Figure 1 L-R COL Robert Schlegel, COL Gorham Black III, CDR Thomas Dann, Linda Byrd, Meghan Bolin, Nadia Vassou, Samuel Kwatkosky, Tania Rodriguez, Kaileigh Skinner and Jeremy Wellhoner. (Photo Courtesy Dennis Rose/Kingdom of the Sun MOAA)
Caption: KOS Scholarship Committee members and the KOS Scholarship Winners of $1,000.
Figure 2 2019 KOS Scholarship Dinner Program
Photo:                                             Scanned KOS Dinner Program
Caption: The 2019 KOS Scholarship Dinner Program 

 
Figure 3 COL William Murry, Nicholas Ruppel, Gabriel Ribay, CDR Thomas Dann
Photo IMG_3736.JPG
Caption:  Our two STEM winners at the May 2019 KOS Scholarship Dinner.