St. Thomas Academy senior receives MacArthur Cadet Award


Lt. Col. Michael DePuglio, U.S. Army (ret.), commandant of cadets at St. Thomas Academy, presented senior Cadet Sgt. Maj. Mason Rutgers his award.

On Wednesday, Jan. 25, St. Thomas Academy senior Mason Rutgers 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, outstanding athletic performance and leadership abilities. __

“Cadet Sgt. Maj. 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 Lt. Col. Michael DePuglio, U.S. Army (Ret.), commandant of cadets at St. 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 St. Thomas Academy, is a multiple Eagle Award recipient for academic excellence. He also played fullback for the varsity football team, participates on the varsity track team and is captain of the varsity wrestling team. 

 

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