Saint Thomas Academy Senior Mason Rutgers Receives the MacArthur Cadet Award
Annual award is given to only a select few high school cadets nationally
MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn., Jan. 25, 2017 – Saint Thomas Academy senior Mason Rutgers has received the MacArthur Cadet Award, an annual award given by the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation to an outstanding cadet who attends a member institution of the Association of Military Colleges and Secondary Schools. Rutgers was chosen for the award for his dedication to academics, military excellence, stellar athletic performance, and leadership abilities.
“Cadet Sergeant Major Rutgers exemplifies the most soldierly behavior and qualities that emulate the determination of Gen. Douglas MacArthur when he was a cadet at the West Texas Military Institute and at the United States Military Academy at West Point,” said LTC (Ret) Michael DePuglio, U.S. Army, Commandant of Cadets at Saint Thomas Academy. “It is quite an honor for him to be among a select few cadets nationally to receive this award. It is well deserved and we are very proud of Mason. ”
Rutgers, the Cadet Brigade Sergeant Major at Saint Thomas Academy, is a multiple Eagle Award recipient for academic excellence. He also played fullback for the varsity football team, participates on varsity track team, and is the captain of the varsity wrestling team.
Rutgers was given the award on Wednesday, Jan. 25, the week of MacArthur’s birthday, at morning formation. The award consists of:
• A gold General MacArthur medallion
• A uniform pin
• The book MacArthur–Melborne to Tokyo
• $100 Check and the Commandant's Award for Military Merit
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