Cadet Col. Amie Perkins, commander of the Effingham County High School Air Force JROTC, was named the Savannah Chapter Air Force Association (AFA) Cadet of the Year, and was honored at a banquet Nov. 27 at the Mighty 8th Air Force Museum.
Her selection was based on her outstanding accomplishments, leadership and successes from last school year.
As a third year cadet last year, she steadily and quickly moved up the chain of command, making a lasting impact at each level, culminating as the ceremonial commander in school year 2006-2007, in charge of all drill teams, color guards and saber team.
Her list of accomplishments and successes are numerous; as a junior last school year she earned most of the major awards and decorations a cadet can earn, including the Distinguished Cadet of the Year for third year cadets, the AFA Medal, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Medal, the Leadership Ribbon, Achievement Ribbon and the Superior Performance Ribbon.
She attended over 95 percent of the community service activities scheduled, including nights, weekends and holidays.
In JROTC she had a 94 average both semesters, and was ranked number two of 121 cadets academically at the end of the last school year.
Her academic average for her four classes in the college preparation track for last semester was a 95. At ECHS, she ranked in the top 5 percent of her class.
Due to her extraordinary track record and her talents, dedication and energy, she was promoted to cadet colonel from the rank of cadet major at the end-of-the-year 2006-2007 annual awards and decorations ceremony and was announced as corps commander for first semester of school year 2007-2008.
She’s the cadet who led the corps and helped prepare for the Air Force inspection on Nov. 28, the first one the unit has had in more than three years.
She not only helped prepare for the inspection but also gave a state-of-the-unit briefing to the inspector.