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2019 Governor’s Cup ROTC Honorees Announced


This news story was published on April 18, 2019.
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DES MOINES – Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg will present the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Governor’s Cup ROTC Award for outstanding achievement to one student from each of the following ROTC programs: Buena Vista University; Iowa State University; University of Dubuque; University of Iowa; and the University of Northern Iowa.  The ceremony occurred today at the Joint Forces Headquarters, Iowa National Guard, 6100 NW 78th Ave, Johnston, Iowa.

Here are this year’s honorees:

  • Cadet Lt. Col. Marissa A. Whitney, University of Northern Iowa Army ROTC, the daughter of Mr. Wayland Whitney and Mrs. Jennifer Whitney of Marion, Iowa.
  • Cadet Lt. Col Megan E. Winston, University of Dubuque Army ROTC, the daughter of Mr. Marty Winston and Mrs. Bonnie Winston of Augusta, Illinois.
  • Cadet Colonel Connor Neil N. Patrone, University of Iowa Air Force ROTC, the son of Mr. Neil Patrone and Mrs. Kathy Patrone, of Spring Grove, Illinois.
  • Cadet Anders J. Chelgren, Iowa State University Army ROTC, the son of Mr. Brent Chelgren and Mrs. Jill Chelgren of Edina, Minnesota.
  • Cadet Jacob M. Heath, Buena Vista University Army ROTC, the son of Mr. Brian Heath and Mrs. Michelle of Gretna, Nebraska.
  • Cadet Salenna C. Hedgepath, Drake University ROTC, the daughter of Lt. Col. Robert and Rebekah Hedgepath, of Fort Leonard Wood, MO.
  • Midshipman First Class McKinley M. Spading, Iowa State University Navy ROTC (USNR), the son of Mr. Rob Spading and Mrs. Carolyn Spading of Atkins, Iowa.
  • Cadet Gunnery Sergeant Alfredo Hernandez, Iowa State University Navy ROTC (USMCR), the spouse of Mrs. Ana D. Hernandez of Des Moines, Iowa and son of Salvador and Ana M. Hernandez of San Diego, CA.
  • Cadet First Lt. Nicholas B. Pollock, Iowa State University Air Force ROTC, the son of Mr. Brian and Mrs. Susan Pollock of Overland Park, Kansas.
  • Cadet Major Katherine McKeever, University of Iowa Army ROTC, the daughter of Mr. Scott McKeever of Woodstock, Illinois and Mrs. Cari McKeever of Lake in the Hills, Illinois.

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