Six Lafayette students, including three members of the Class of 2026, were honored at the 2023 ROTC Steel Battalion awards ceremony held Thurs., March 9 at Lehigh University.
The award winners were:
Military Order of Foreign Wars: Brandon Leibensperger ’24
Sons of the American Revolution Award: Daniela Spera ’26
Lafayette College Leopard Award: John Freeman ’26
American Legion Award for General Military Excellence: Samantha Becker ’25
National Sojourners Award: Zachary Gill ’24
Of note, the Lafayette College Leopard Award dates back to the 1920s and is the only Lafayette-specific medal presented at the Steel Battalion Awards. In past times, the Leopard Award was known as the Sheriff’s Badge and was presented to a cadet in each Military Science year.