NMC cadets win awards

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(NMC) — On Friday, May 22, the Northern Marianas College ROTC Program executed its annual awards ceremony in coordination with the University of Guam ROTC Program, and several NMC ROTC cadets came away as recipients of prestigious awards. 

The awards were handed in an online ceremony attended by NMC Interim President Frankie Eliptico, UOG President Tom Krise, Lt. Colonel Tom Anderson.

The “Top Cadet” Award was awarded to the best freshman and sophomore at NMC, as well as the best overall Cadet in the NMC ROTC program.  This award is conferred upon the cadets who display outstanding performance, commitment, and dedication to the ROTC program, and who best demonstrate the potential to serve as a leader in our Army. Additionally, one NMC cadet won the coveted “Spirit” Award, which recognizes the cadet who best exemplifies the concept of service to the unit, the community, and to our nation.

The “Top Cadet” Award at the freshman level was won by NMC Cadet Kody Babauta.  Cadet Babauta graduated from Saipan Southern High School.  One of his favorite quotes is “life has no limitations, except the ones you make.”

The “Top Cadet” Award winner from the sophomore class was NMC Cadet Bert Magallano, a fellow graduate of Saipan Southern High School, who said that “the person who was most helpful to me was [NMC ROTC Instructor] Capt. Thomas Vu… I was interested in the program before meeting him, but his mentorship, motivation, and character has lit up an even bigger appetite in me to become a better version of myself.”

Sean Japor   Gavin Pangelinan 
 Bert Magallano   Kody Babauta

The “Top Cadet of the Program” Award was earned by NMC Cadet Gavin Pangelinan, who also graduated from Saipan Southern High School.  Cadet Pangelinan noted that “I couldn’t have come this far without my peers in NMC ROTC… I look forward to the bright futures that lie ahead of us, and the memories we will make along the way.”

The “Spirit” Award recipient for NMC ROTC was Cadet Sean Japor, who was educated at Marianas High School. Cadet Japor acknowledged that what keeps him motivated is “being with xadets who help me through the struggles, and succeeding together in the end.”  The “Spirit” Award is sponsored by USAA and Cadet Japor received a Leatherman multi-tool along with the plaque.

According to Lt. Col. Thomas Anderson, the professor of military science and director of NMC’s ROTC program, “the awardees from Northern Marianas College are a great example of the commitment and motivation of all of the cadets in the program.  They all work so well together, motivating each other to be the best leaders they can be.  It’s so much fun to be a part of their growth and development as young people and as leaders.”

“We are proud of the students and their achievement,” said NMC Interim President Frankie Eliptico. “Their commitment and dedication are an amazing inspiration for other students at NMC and for our CNMI community.”

Northern Marianas College’s ROTC program is the premiere leadership development program in the CNMI, producing dynamic leaders for the CNMI, the Pacific, and the U.S. 

The program is accepting new applicants. To learn more about the UOG ROTC program at NMC, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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