Cadet John O’Donnell is leadership award winner
O'Donnell is studying economics and business at Virginia Military Institute

Cadet John O’Donnell (Photo provided)

GOSHEN — Cadet John O’Donnell of Goshen, a member of the Class of 2019 at Virginia Military Institute, has been selected as a 2019 Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States Leadership Award winner.
O’Donnell is an economics and business major. He’s the son of Margaret and James O’Donnell of Goshen and a graduate of Don Bosco Preparatory School in Ramsey, N.J.
General J.H. Binford Peay III, superintendent, offered his congratulations “on this high honor recognizing your record in competition nationally with the very best ROTC officers commissioning in the United States Army this summer. VMI is proud of you. Well done!”
The award, which consists of a $1,000 check and a plaque, is to be presented at the AMCSUS Awards Banquet on Feb. 25. The award recognizes the exceptional leadership characteristics displayed by cadets from the top ROTC programs in the nation, and is given annually to two cadets at the college level and two at the high school level.
AMCSUS consists of 40 military colleges and high schools, including the nation’s senior and junior military colleges. Headquartered in Fairfax, Va., the nonprofit organization advocates on behalf of its member institutions and promotes high military and ethical standards.
The award has been earned by VMI cadets several times in the past decade. Recent recipients include Chad Surganovich ’12, Hardy Hendren ’15, and Luke Phillips ’17.