Grady High School Senior Receives 2019 Legion of Valor Bronze Cross Award

Anthony Cochran, a senior and battalion commander with the 6th Brigade JROTC (Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) at Henry W. Grady High School, has been awarded the 2019 Legion of Valor Bronze Cross Award of the United States of America.

Anthony is one of only two cadets in the state of Georgia to receive the award. Issued annually, the award is designed to stimulate development of leadership and recognizes achievement of scholastic excellence in military and academic subjects.

A native Atlantan and lifelong student in the Grady Cluster, Anthony is a member of the Grady Robotics Team and Georgia FIRST Robotics. His future ambitions include attending either the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, Georgia Institute of Technology, or Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study chemistry and/or chemical engineering.

After college, Anthony hopes to use his skills to help others through scientific research, engineering and education.

He’s grateful to be named a Legion of Valor Bronze Cross Award recipient.

“It feels pretty amazing that I am only one of two students in Georgia to receive this award,” he said. “I’m most excited about bringing this honor to my school community and Atlanta Public Schools for helping me get to this point.”

Established in 1951, the Bronze Cross for Achievement rewards cadets from the Reserve Officers Training Corps who demonstrate excellence in military, scholastic and civic affairs. Recipients are outstanding cadets in the top 10 percent of their class in Junior ROTC and in the top 50 percent of their class in overall academic standing.

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