Elizabeth M. Luczak receives prestigious award

Elizabeth M. Luczak, a U.S. Army ROTC cadet, received the George C. Marshall Award during an award ceremony at the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. She was recognized as the overall outstanding student in military and academic studies, leadership and physical fitness for the academic year 2014-2015.p23-.luczak.elizabeth.0a5b42bd-c212-4d5a-8e20-3bb5d0d491f6_1

Named in honor and legacy of Gen. George C. Marshall, who served in World War II as the Army chief of staff and in the postwar era served as secretary of state and secretary of defense, this commendation is presented as a testimony of superior achievement and exceptional character, and as an encouragement for future service to the United States of America. There are approximately 35,000 cadets enrolled in the Army ROTC curriculum. Only 300 cadets were honored with the George C. Marshall Award.

“Honestly, I always place my best foot forward and never accept anything less than my best. Hard work pays off,” said Luczak, who hails from Mapleton, Minnesota.

“Since I was little, I have yearned to be a part of something greater than myself,” she continued. “I wanted to inspire people. I desired a team that could protect the American way of life. This experience got me excited to be a young leader in the United States

Army, and gave me insight into the challenges that will await me in my future career and how to best apply the leadership skills that I have learned to overcome those challenges.”

Luczak, who is majoring in agriculture education, organization and leadership, will graduate in December 2015. She plans to be commissioned that month as a second lieutenant  into the U.S Army and hopes to go into active military police.

Kelsey Holland

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