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Fourth-Year A&S Student Among Nation's Top 10 Army ROTC Cadets

Published October 13, 2016 in News

By: Matt Kelly | University Communications

University of Virginia student Sarah Koch has been named one of the top 10 Army ROTC cadets in the country.

Koch, of Kansas City, Missouri, a fourth-year Middle Eastern studies major, is one of 10 cadets selected from a pool of 5,508 candidates on the Cadet Command’s Order of Merit List. She is the fourth UVA Army ROTC cadet in five years to earn this honor.

While at UVA, Sarah Koch has been the executive officer and command sergeant major of the Army ROTC program and has held several other leadership roles.Photo CreditDan Addison / University Communications

The UVA Army ROTC program also placed eight cadets in the top 20 percent of the Cadet Command list.

“I’m honored by my ranking on the Order of Merit List,” Koch said. “I also think it’s a really good reflection on the UVA Army ROTC program. We definitely have one of the best programs in the country.”

Cadet Command annually rank-orders its ROTC seniors, with the top 20 percent earning the designation of “Distinguished Military Graduate.” The rankings are based on criteria including grade-point average, performance on the Army Physical Fitness Test, college athletic participation and performance during college ROTC training and Advanced Camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

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