Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Michael Wimmer is a 2023 graduating senior from the JROTC detachment in Windham, NH, and is a 2023 recipient of the Capt. Phaneuf Academic Scholarship. Michael is an accomplished student in academics, sports, volunteer service, and leadership. At his school and around the community, Michael has volunteered over 475 community service hours since 2019. He is involved with several school organizations including: National Honor Society (2023), cross country (2019-2023) culminating as team captain, the student council as a school board representative (2023), winter and spring track (2019-2023), pep and concert bands (2019-2023) culminating as a band council representative, and drama club (2019, 2023). In track, he dedicated numerous hours to the development of a new cross country course for the school. His contributions earned him both the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association and New Hampshire Athletic Directors Association Scholar Athlete awards, as well as the school's Coach's Award in 2022 and 2023 and the Eagle Tribune Unsung Hero Award in 2022. Additionally, he was recognized with the American Legion Good Citizenship Award in 2022 for his academic organization contributions. While balancing these commitments, Michael furthermore attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 2022, and has served in many leadership positions with his troop including as a counselor at the National Youth Leadership Training program, and as the troop's Senior Patrol Leader and Troop Chaplain. Michael led a herculean Eagle Scout project restoring public trail accessibility which involved leading efforts for fundraising, budgeting, planning, and approval processes with the Conservation Commission for its successful completion. He has been involved in JROTC (2019-2023) where he has recently served as Unit Commander, Deputy Group Commander, and Color Guard Commander. His recognitions includes JROTC Kitty Hawk Air Society induction, the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Award, the JROTC Medal of Merit, and the American Legion Good Citizenship Award. He worked closely with local veteran's organizations during recent Salute to Veteran's Tributes, and has supported the American Legion and AMVETS organizations in selling Christmas trees, raising over $40,000 for charity. At his church, Michael has served for years as an altar server and lector as well as being involved in the local youth ministry and participating in numerous service projects. His most recent volunteer work was in the remote mountains of the Dominican Republic working to install rudimentary aqueducts to support the local community. Additionally, he has completed the Light of Christ, Parvuli Dei, and Ad Altarer Dei programs. Michael will attend St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY for the Fall 2023 semester where he will pursue Political Science as part of the local ROTC detachment.