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10-10-2016

Two Clarkson University Army ROTC Cadets Earn USAA Spirit Award

Two Clarkson University Army ROTC cadets received the USAA Spirit Award this fall.

USAA Spirit AwardArmy Maj. Michael Athanasakis, professor of military science at Clarkson, presented the award to Alexandria Schwenzfeier '17 and Dennis DeVries '17.  Both cadets are seniors on track to graduate in spring and commission as active duty army officers.

Cadet Alexandria Schwenzfeier, from East Haddam, Conn., is majoring in biology and is a member of the Clarkson softball team.

Cadet Dennis Devries, from Johnson, N.Y., is majoring in mechanical engineering.

The USAA Spirit Award is a national award and scholarship that recognizes ROTC cadets for their academic success, leadership potential and future service to the United States throughout the country’s 270 Army ROTC programs. Winners receive a clock and $1,500 cash prize.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Army Maj. Michael Athanasakis, professor of military science at Clarkson University (center), presents Alexandria Schwenzfeier '17 (left) and Dennis DeVries '17 with the USAA Spirit Award.

[Photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/usaa-spiritaward.jpg ]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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