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Ascension Alumni Receives Army National Guard Award for Outstanding Performance

​The Bravo Company 31st Engineer Battalion has awarded Ascension Episcopal School’s alumni, PVT Brooks Whittington, with the Association of the United States Army Award. This award is presented to “a soldier whose outstanding qualities of leadership best expresses the American spirit, honor, initiative, and high standards to their comrades in arms.” Brooks was chosen for this honor, usually presented to a marine or active duty soldier, amongst 900 other soldiers.
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The Bravo Company 31st Engineer Battalion has awarded Ascension Episcopal School’s alumni, PVT Brooks Whittington, with the Association of the United States Army Award. This award is presented to “a soldier whose outstanding qualities of leadership best expresses the American spirit, honor, initiative, and high standards to their comrades in arms.” Brooks was chosen for this honor, usually presented to a marine or active duty soldier, amongst 900 other soldiers.

His classmates, coaches, and teachers would all agree that Brooks exhibited this same spirit, honor, and initiative while attending high school. By embracing the diverse opportunities offered at Ascension, like becoming a cheerleader, playing football, participating in musicals, learning an instrument, and joining the choir, he became a friend to all and a positive leader.

Liza and Heath Whittington, Brooks’ mother and father, recall the vital role his coaches and educators at Ascension played in equipping Brooks to succeed. Mr. Whittington comments, “To hear his fellow soldiers speak so highly of him and for him to receive this award is a reflection of everyone who molded him into the leader he has become. His character was shaped not only by athletics but also by the arts.” Mrs. Whittington recalls, “Ascension prepared him for life. Ascension encouraged him to participate in the wide variety of extracurricular activities offered, including cheerleading. Brooks was able to meet every single group of friends, and everyone was always including. He participated in Young Life and traveled all over the United States for educational trips. He is now excelling in ARMY Basic training! Thank you, Ascension!”

Brooks recently completed his second semester of Army Basic Boot Camp and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at FT. Leonard Wood in Missouri. Bravo Zulu, Brooks! Your Blue Gator family is proud of your continued success and dedication to serving your country.

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