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Marcus Piepho named top Army ROTC cadet
Senior economics major Marcus Piepho, Mankato, has been named this year’s top Maverick Army ROTC cadet – one of 272 cadets from across the nation selected for the prestigious George C. Marshall Seminar in Lexington, Va.
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [4-13-11]
Minnesota State University, Mankato senior economics major Marcus Piepho, Mankato, has been named this year’s top Maverick Army ROTC cadet – one of 272 cadets from across the nation selected for the prestigious George C. Marshall Seminar in Lexington, Va.
Piepho was selected by the Maverick Army ROTC cadre to attend the seminar as the outstanding Minnesota State Mankato cadet based on leadership, scholarship, duty and physical conditioning.
Piepho, a 2007 Loyola High School graduate, is Minnesota State Mankato’s Army ROTC cadet battalion operations officer. He has led the Ranger Challenge Team, the Army 10-miler team and Bataan ruck and marathon teams. He is the son of Mark and Shirley Piepho of Mankato.
This month’s three-day Marshall Seminar, led by experts from academia and the Department of Defense and other federal agencies, will focus on national security.
Discussion topics will include the United States’ future role and relationship with Pakistan, Iran, Israel, Russia, Africa, Northeast China and Afghanistan. Cadets also will discuss how cultural, technological and social media changes will affect U.S. forces. Piepho and other cadets also will tour Virginia and Washington, D.C., areas.
Piepho will be commissioned a second lieutenant at the April 29 Maverick Army ROTC commissioning ceremony and banquet, and will graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in economics and a minor in military science on May 7. He has a 3.81 GPA.
Since 1977 the Marshall Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Army, has brought 9,500 outstanding college seniors to participate in the seminar and receive the Marshall ROTC Award.
Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive, doctoral university with 15,393 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.