LEWISTON – Cadets in the Niagara University Purple Eagle Battalion were named among the top in the Northeast for scores in fitness, scholarship and leadership at the United States Army Cadet Command 2nd Brigade Leader Conference last month.
The students were recognized with the highest overall grade point average, highest average physical fitness and highest average order of merit. Academics, physical fitness, evaluation of leadership potential and community involvement are the major categories that make up a cadet’s order of merit score.
The Niagara ROTC cadets earned an average GPA of 3.26 this past semester, with the sophomores leading the way with a 3.5 average. A total of 35 cadets in the program made the dean’s list.
They scored, as a battalion, an overall Army physical fitness test average of 271, with the juniors garnering top scores with an average of 281.
Niagara University’s Army ROTC has consistently been named among the best in the country, achieving the No. 1 spot in recruitment, retention and training in 2004; No. 1 in the Northeast in 2008; and highest average National Active Duty ranking in the Northeast in 2013. In March, the Purple Eagle Battalion was one of eight nationwide to receive the MacArthur Award.