The award is named after former Civil Air Patrol member and fallen U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. James Higgins. The 22-year-old Maryland resident died during combat in Iraq in 2006. The honor is given to the cadet who demonstrates profound teamwork and leadership skills.
Welch attributes her success to her prior experience and support and encouragement from her family.
Amy isn't the only proud graduate of encampment. Cadets Robert Craynon, Marlon Crook, Logan Dempsey, James Nderitu, Eric Russell, Benjamin Williams and Jeffrey Williams succesfully completed the challenging week-long training.
*Picture -Courtesy: Jennifer Reed