Army Cadet Kenneth P. Shogry has received the George C. Marshall Award during an awards ceremony at the Marshall Center, Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va.

The award, named in the honor and legacy of General of the Army George C. Marshall, who served in World War II as the Army chief of staff and in the post-war era served as secretary of state and secretary of defense, is presented annually to the most outstanding senior Army Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets in military science studies and leadership values in each battalion at host universities or colleges.

Top cadets from each cadet battalion represent the very best of a highly selective organization.

This is a national award and the highest award an ROTC cadet can receive.

The cadet is a student at Colorado State University, Fort Collins.

Cadet Shogry, the son of Lou and Jayne Shogry of Sand Road, graduated from New Milford High School in 2007.

Sgt Elizabeth "Betsy" Rice, 34, of New Milford, will be deployed to Afghanistan Nov. 6.

Sgt. Rice, who is part of the 142nd Medical Company of the Army National Guard out of Naugatuck, will serve as medic for one year in Afghanistan.

She is currently a paramedic working out of Norwalk, Danbury, Newtown and Wilton.

Sgt. Rice, an accomplished equestrian who has a love of horses and cats, competes in three-day eventing and the jumpers with her thoroughbred mare "Indy Film."

She rides and trains at Wells Valley Farm in New Milford.

Friends and family of Sgt. Rice's threw a surprise farewell party/fundraiser Oct. 13 at The Cookhouse. It was attended by about 60 people.

Numerous local businesses who donated to the party and raffle, including The Cookhouse, The Sweet Spot, Bank Street Theatre, Personal Touch Car Wash, Swank on Bank, The Good Sport, Housatonic Valley Fire Arms, Joe's Salon & Spa, New Milford Spirit Shoppe.