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Cadets commission as second lieutenants

In ceremonies held Aug. 3, 2013, at the University of North Georgia, graduating cadets were awarded commissions as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army or Georgia National Guard.

  • Richard B. Minor of Atlanta, Ga., earned a bachelor's degree and commissioned into the quartermaster corps. Minor graduated from North Springs High School in Atlanta in 2009.
  • Paul Constantine Kokenes earned a bachelor's degree and commissioned into the chemical corps. He is the son of Constantine S. Kokenes and Despoinoula P. Zaharis of Decatur, Ga., and graduated from St. Pius X in Atlanta, Ga., in 2008. While a cadet at UNG, Paul was an Aggressor platoon commander. 
  • Justin A. Clary earned a bachelor's degree and commissioned into the infantry. He is the son of James S. Clary and Mercy C. Clary of Pensacola, Fla., and graduated from Westside High School in Augusta, Ga., in 2009.
  • Hannah N. Price earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and commissioned as a second lieutenant. She is the daughter of Robert W. Price and Jolene L. Price of Crestview, Fla., and graduated from Coffee High School in Douglas, Ga., in 2009. While a cadet at UNG, Hannah was named a squad leader, a platoon sergeant, a platoon leader and a commanding officer. She was also a member of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity.
  • Zane M. Badgett earned a bachelor's degree and commissioned into the medical service corps. He is the son of Kevin A. Badgett and Angela L. Emory of Griffin, Ga., and graduated from Spalding High School in Griffin, Ga., in 2009.
  • Michael T. Barrett earned a bachelor's degree and commissioned into the judge advocate general corps. He is the son of Kenneth B. Barrett of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Robin B. Barrett of Murrayville, Ga., and graduated from Lumpkin County High School in Dahlonega, Ga., in 2009. While at UNG, Michael was named a Distinguished Military Student.
  • Crystal J. Guta earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and commissioned into the transportation corps. She is the daughter of Charles J. Guta and Susan R. Guta of Kennesaw, Ga., and graduated from Kennesaw Mountain High School in Kennesaw, Ga., in 2009.
  • Carlisle E. Lane earned a bachelor's degree and commissioned into the ordnance corps – explosive ordnance disposal. He is the son of Charles B. Lane of Ellenwood, Ga., and Ruth Regine Lane-Daley of Kennesaw, Ga., and graduated from North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Ga., in 2009.
  • Jonathan D. Rhodes earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and commissioned into the armored corps. He is the son of Johnny D. Rhodes and Janice E. Rhodes of Kennesaw, Ga., and graduated from Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Ga., in 2010.
  • Jacob E. Shealey earned a bachelor's degree and commissioned into the field artillery corps. He is the son of Jose J. Fontanez and Barbara J. Shealey of Clarksville, Tenn., and graduated from Richmond Hill High School in Richmond Hill, Ga., in 2008. While at UNG, Jacob was a first battalion commander. He was also named a Distinguished Military Student and a Distinguished Military Graduate.
  • Kyle Newman earned a bachelor's degree and commissioned into the air corps. He is the son of Andrew P. Newman and Monica J. Newman of Snellville, Ga., and graduated from Shiloh High School in Snellville, Ga., in 2007.
  • Jonathan K. Aide earned a bachelor's degree and commissioned into the transportation corps. He is the son of Traci Aide of Orlando, Fla., and graduated from Warner Robins High School in Warner Robins, Ga., in 2008.
  • Svetlana Taylor earned a bachelor's degree and commissioned into the Army nurse corps. She is the daughter of Dr. Don Taylor and Karey Taylor of Calhoun, Ga., and graduated from Dauchita Hills Academy in Amity, Ark., in 2005. Prior to attending UNG, Svetlana served as a combat medic and since has been part of the U.S. Army reserves. 
  • Michael A. Carty Jr. earned a bachelor's degree and commissioned into the transportation corps. He is the son of Michael A. Carty and Maxine Carty of Sunrise, Fla., and graduated from Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach, Fla., in 2009. While a cadet, Michael earned the position of brigade commander and was named one of UNG’s Distinguished Military Students.
  • Philip Noble Grant earned a bachelor's degree and commissioned into the transportation corps. He is the son of Carter Middleton Grant and Peggy Harder Grant of Naples, Fla., and graduated from Barron Collier High School in Naples, Fla., in 2009.
  • John R. Martin earned a bachelor's degree and commissioned into the quartermaster corps. He is the son of Richard K. Martin and Nuria M. Martin of Dahlonega, Ga., and graduated from Forest High School in Ocala, Fla., in 2009.
  • Kenneth N. Fischer earned a bachelor's degree in history and commissioned into the air corps. He is the son of Kenneth M. Fischer and Teri L. Fischer of Rockford, Ill., and graduated from Boylan Catholic High School in Rockford, Ill., in 2009.
  • Abigail M. Estrada earned a bachelor's degree and commissioned into the field artillery corps. She is the daughter of Robert and Lisa Estrada of Charlotte, N.C., and graduated from Hopewell High School in Charlotte, N.C., in 2009. While at UNG, Abigail was named a Distinguished Military Graduate, a company commander, and a company first sergeant.
  • Tyler D. Hoff earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and commissioned into the ordinance corps. He is the son of John D. Hoff and Martha J. Hoff of Grove City, Ohio, and graduated from Grove City High School in Grove City, Ohio, in 2009.
  • Kevin D. Dallesasse earned a bachelor's degree and commissioned into the quartermaster corps. He is the son of Scott A. Dallesasse and Julie A. Dallesasse of Suwanee, Ga., and graduated from Mckinney North High School in Mckinney, Texas, in 2007.

UNG is one of only six senior military colleges in the nation. Participation in the Corps of Cadets, also known as the Boar’s Head Brigade, offers the opportunity to acquire a degree in a chosen field of study while simultaneously earning an officer’s commission in the U.S. Army, either active-duty, Guard or Reserve. The residential ROTC program, which includes more than 750 cadets on the university’s Dahlonega Campus, consistently ranks among the best in the country.

UNG, with more than 130 years of experience educating future leaders, is designated as a University System of Georgia leadership institution and as The Military College of Georgia. With about 15,000 students, UNG is the state’s seventh-largest public university. The regional, multi-campus university offers more than 100 programs of study ranging from certificate and associate degrees to professional and doctoral programs.

For more information about the university's Corps of Cadets, visit www.ung.edu.

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