DAVIESS CO., KY (WFIE) - A day of awards and accolades for the ROTC cadets at Daviess County High School.
But for for Abigail Roby, commitment means more than medals.
“ROTC has been my main thing, I’ve lived it, breathed it, and committed to it,” Roby said. “I’ve spent countless upon hours being here and dedicating myself to my unit.”
So it was a surprise to hear she’d been awarded the Cadet Meritorious Achievement Ribbon, the most prestigious award an ROTC cadet can receive.
“I’ve seen her from a freshman to her senior year, she’s always been one to step up and take leadership position and then try to take charge of a situation and do what she can to help everyone out," Michael Gatrost the naval science instructor at Daviess County High School said.
And that leadership ability kicked in last month when Roby helped an elderly man who’d fallen out of his wheelchair. She rendered aid to the man until an ambulance arrived.
“To know the skills that it took and to keep the man conscious and to know to turn around and hey you need to call 911 now," Roby recalled. "Just having those skills and that knowledge, I would never be able to do it without them.”
And for Roby, she is just glad to know her dedication hasn't gone unnoticed.
“I told myself everyday that I would do something great and I’ll be someone great and to know that it’s paid off at least in high school, it’s an amazing feeling," Roby said.