NROTC Awards

*2023 Recipients

The Naval Submarine League Outstanding Achievement Award is presented to selected graduating NROTC seniors approved for entry into the Navy’s nuclear propulsion program as submarine officers. It recognizes students with proven academic and leadership skills and is named in honor of Rear Admiral Frederick B. Warder, a standout among the many World War II submarine heroes. Admiral Warder, who commanded Seawolf, was a courageous, aggressive, and innovative submariner. He was revered by his crew who respectfully dubbed him “Fearless Freddie.”

The award is presented by NSL members whenever possible and consists of a certificate, a letter, acknowledgment in The Submarine Review and on the NSL website, and a one-year membership in the Naval Submarine League. The administration and rules for the award are outlined in instruction NSTC M-1533.2A, Appendix E, Section 1-2, Para. 5.

Each of the following awardees has demonstrated superior, sustained performance in a difficult and challenging academic and operational environment and, as a result, has earned his or her Commanding Officer’s nomination for this distinctive award:

Congratulations to the 2023 Recipients:

       University                                                                                                                  Recipient

Auburn University Midshipman John S. Payne
Boston University Midshipman Minhyok Kim
Cornell University Midshipman Michael Forrest Krebs Hinkley
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Midshipman Lauren V. Schmelzenbach
George Washington University Midshipman Jacqueline Labruzzo
Georgia Institute of Technology Midshipman Patrick E. McElligott
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Midshipman Joshua Malone
North Carolina State University Midshipman Jesse Hines
Northwestern University Midshipman Matthew Lindstrom
Norwich University Midshipman Emily T. Ngo
Old Dominion University (Hampton Roads) Midshipman David B. Routhier
Oregon State University Midshipman Helen Howery
Princeton University (Rutgers/Princeton) Midshipman Megan Ogawa
Purdue University Midshipman Amy Bohorfoush
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Midshipman Abigail J. Wilson
Rice University Midshipman Seth Ramiro
Southern University and A&M College Midshipman David Minter
State University of New York Maritime College Officer Candidate Payton Smith
Texas A&M University Midshipman Sarah E. Beason
The Citadel Officer Candidate Robert D. Bernzott
The Ohio State University Midshipman Noah Fryberger
The Pennsylvania State University Midshipman John Skehan
United States Merchant Marine Academy Midshipman Hailey Hicks
University of Arizona Midshipman Sean Piehel
University of California, Berkeley Midshipman Matthew Sahim
University of Idaho Officer Candidate Tristan Denning
University of Maryland, Baltimore County Midshipman Ethan Droneberger
University of Michigan Midshipman Peter Smith
University of Minnesota Midshipman Andrew Harris
University of Missouri Midshipman Emily R. Bockenstedt
University of Notre Dame Midshipman Henry Baer
University of Pennsylvania Midshipman Christian Chung
University of Rochester Midshipman Adam R. Densman
University of San Diego Midshipman Regina Czerewco
University of Southern California Ensign Jordan M. Frantz
University of Utah Midshipman Ethan Christus
University of Washington Officer Candidate Austin Carbajal
University of Wisconsin Midshipman Jonah M. Guelker
Villanova University Midshipman Johnathan Bushner
Virginia Military Institute Midshipman Jessica L. Cox
Virginia Polytechnic Institute Midshipman Dylan Jennings
Yale University Midshipman Dan V. Huynh