NJROTC Cadet Receives Legion of Valor Bronze Cross

NJROTC Cadet Receives Legion of Valor Bronze Cross
Posted on 09/08/2020
SRHS Cadet

Vero Beach, FL, September 8, 2020 - Sebastian River High School (SRHS) senior and cadet commanding officer in the school’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, Mia Martinelli, has been selected to receive the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross award for Achievement JROTC award, one of the top recognitions for high school and college ROTC cadets. Martinelli is just one of only 22 recipients nationwide and one of two cadets in NJROTC Area 7, which is comprised of over 60 units in the state of Florida.

The Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement ROTC Award is a national award given annually by the Legion of Valor of the United States of America to cadets who demonstrate excellence in military and academic subjects. These cadets are selected by a committee of decorated veterans who have received such awards as the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, and Air Force Cross.

Martinelli excels in her naval science studies and academics and is currently ranked #1 in her graduating class of 383 students. Mia is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme student and National Honor Society member with a weighted GPA of 4.64. In addition to her academics, Mia is the captain of the SRHS varsity swim and water polo teams and regularly volunteers with her fellow cadets to assist with the Special Olympics, Key Club, and the American Legion.

Sebastian River Senior Naval Science Instructor Lieutenant Commander James Landis (USN, Ret.) nominated Mia for her leadership, ethics, abilities, and academics. “Cadet Martinelli does a great job of leading cadets and setting the standard for our NJROTC unit; she has a tireless work ethic that will lead to success in any environment. I believe she is the first cadet from Sebastian River High School to receive this award,” said Lieutenant Commander Landis.

Reflecting on her time as a cadet, Martinelli added, “JROTC has enabled me to learn a lot and develop my leadership skills, while also helping my community. I am delighted and excited to have the opportunity this year to contribute my best to Shark Company.” 

Last summer, Martinelli was selected as a delegate for the American Legion Girls State Program and selected to participate in the U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar program and U.S. Coast Guard Academy Introduction Mission. 

After graduation, Martinelli plans on studying engineering or applied mathematics at one of the nation’s service academies, with her goal being to serve as an aviator in the military. 


If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Cristen Maddux at 772-564-5527 or via email at Cristen.Maddux@indianriverschools.org