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Two UNG cadets earn national awards

Cadet Col. Michael Carty, left, stands in front of the Boar's Head Brigade during a recent review. Carty, who served as brigade commander, has earned the national General Douglas MacArthur award.

Two students at the University of North Georgia have received national recognition for their academic excellence and service to the Corps of Cadets, each winning an award presented annually to only six cadets in the country.  

Michael Carty, son of Michael and Maxine Carty of Sunrise, Fla., has received the General Douglas MacArthur Award, presented by the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation to senior cadets who best represent Gen. MacArthur's ideals and leadership philosophy. Jacob Shealey, son of Barbara Shealey and Jose Fontanez of Richmond Hill, Ga., was recognized by the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States for academic and military excellence. Each award is presented to a cadet at each of the nation's six senior military colleges, which include the University of North Georgia, Norwich University, Texas A&M University, The Citadel, Virginia Military Institute, and Virginia Tech.

Cadet Shealey
Cadet Jacob Shealey is a recipient of the Association
of Military College and Schools of the United States,
given each year to only six cadets for their academic
and military excellence.

"Cadet Carty and Cadet Shealey are natural leaders and have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills while serving as officers in the Corps of Cadets," said Assistant Commandant Maj. Richard Neikirk. "Both were selected for these awards in recognition of their leadership potential and their outstanding performance both in the corps and academically. You will not find individuals who are more firmly grounded in their work ethic and dedication to the corps and the university."

Carty, who served as the corps' brigade commander during the 2012-13 academic year, attends UNG on the four-year Army ROTC scholarship. He was selected as a Distinguished Military Student in September and is ranked in the top 15 percent on the U.S. Army Cadet Command National Order of Merit List, which ranks more than 5,600 ROTC cadets in the nation. Carty has completed the Army’s Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) and Air Assault School. He is majoring in chemistry/pre-medicine and expects to graduate this summer and commission into the U.S. Army's transportation corps.

"As with any award or opportunity that I receive, I'm appreciative for being selected. I'm just glad to represent the corps and the university in a positive light," Carty said.

Shealey served as the Corps' First Battalion commander during the 2012-13 academic year and was selected as a Distinguished Military Student in September. In addition to having served in the Georgia Army National Guard, Shealey has completed LDAC and Air Assault School. He is majoring in international affairs and expects to graduate this summer and commission into the U.S. Army's field artillery branch.

"Receiving this award was a shock to say the least. I'm thankful for the leadership that this program has blessed upon me during my stay and I hope it continues to inspire and build others," Shealey said. 

Click here for a list of cadet awards from the 2012-13 academic year.

Participation in UNG’s 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 Corps of Cadets is a residential-based ROTC program housed on the university’s Dahlonega Campus, and it consistently ranks among the best in the country.

UNG, with more than 130 years of experience educating future leaders, is a University System of Georgia leadership institution and is 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, including certificates, associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and professional doctoral programs.

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