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Nov. 11, 2005

UI ROTC Students Receive Awards

Two University of Iowa students were recognized for excellence in a Veterans' Day ceremony sponsored by the Johnson County Military Affairs Association.

Stephen F. Grabo, a UI junior studying political science, was named Outstanding Air Force ROTC Cadet. He was selected for "outstanding scholastic achievement, his commitment to community events, acknowledgment among his peers, and the moral qualities he possesses--representing the ideal young citizen." At the UI, Grabo has received the Air Force ROTC Academic Excellence Award four times, served as Fitness Officer, Drill and Ceremonies Officer, and Color Guard Officer.  He is a member of the Hawkeye Flying Club and also a member of Pi Sigma Pi.  After earning his bachelor's degree, Grabo hopes to attend law school and become a Judge Advocate in the Air Force. In his spare time he participates in intramural athletics, weightlifting, reading, and traveling. He has volunteered numerous hours of service to Habitat for Humanity and the Ronald McDonald House. Grabo is a 2003 graduate of Amos Alonzo Stagg High School in Orland Park, Ill., and the son of Rosemary Bossert of Orland Park.

Patrick K. O'Connor, a UI freshman studying history and political science, was named Outstanding Army ROTC Cadet. He was selected based on a number of criteria, including military leadership, physical fitness, program participation and academic excellence. O'Connor was voted by all Cadre members as the most enthusiastic participant and was one of only two cadets to make the first string Ranger Challenge Team as an first-year military science student. After completing his UI degree, he hopes to become an Army Ranger. O'Connor is a 2005 graduate of Dubuque Wahlert High School and the son of John and Marybeth O'Connor of Dubuque.

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