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APSU ROTC cadet earns top honor in regiment


APSU ROTC Cadet Cynthia Stinnett receives the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) saber as distinguished honor graduate of the 8th Regiment from retired Col. Carroll Dickson, an AUSA chapter president. (Photo provided)

In early July, Austin Peay State University announced that Cynthia Stinnett, a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadet, took top honors during the 8th Regiment Army physical fitness test held recently at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Now she has another accolade to add to her resume.

On Tuesday, July 23, Stinnett was named the top cadet of the 8th Regiment, made up of approximately 450 cadets from the 273 Army ROTC programs across the nation. This is based on a collective evaluation of her Army physical fitness test, day and night land navigation, performance in leadership positions in garrison and in a tactical environment, and completion of various training events such as the obstacle course. 

As a result of being tapped distinguished honor graduate, she received the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) saber.

During the Army physical fitness test held June 29, Stinnett achieved the highest women’s score with a 384. She also bested the top male score of 370. - Dr. Melony Shemberger

Maj. Gen. Jefforey Smith, commander of the U.S. Army Cadet Command, presents Cadet Cynthia Stinnett with a plaque for earning the top Army physical fitness test score. (Photo provided)