Three UVa-Wise ROTC graduates are commissioned


Three members of the UVa-Wise Class of 2013 left Commencement on Saturday, May 18,  as United States Army officers as the College ROTC program held its second commissioning ceremony.

Christopher Lee Davis, 22, and twins Taylor Alexandra Bobinski and Morgan Ashley Bobinski, 23,  took their oaths and became Second Lieutenants. Davis, who received his degree in administration of justice, is now part of the Virginia National Guard. The Bobinski sisters earned degrees in nursing and are now serving in the Army.

ROTC2013The three classmatesstood at attention as family members placed rank bars on the new officers’ shoulders. In time-honored tradition, the officers received their first salutes.

                                                              The new Army officers and Sgt. Thomas Scholl

Sgt. Thomas Scholl, a non-commissioned officer who instilled the proper military way of doing things into the UVa-Wise ROTC cadets, walked swiftly toward Morgan Bobinskiand gave her a crisp salute. In exchange, Second Lt. Bobinski presented Sgt. Scholl with a silver dollar.

New Second Lt. Taylor Bobinski received her first salute from friend Justin Holtz, a member of the U.S. Air Force.

Second Lt. Davis, a Patrick County, Va. native, received a crisp salute from his brother, Jon Davis, a veteran of the U.S. Marines.

“ It gave me the proper training to be a leader,” Davis said.

The Bobinski sisters always wanted to work in the healthcare field, and the military seemed the right place for the twins.

“There is a nursing shortage, so it has great job security,” Taylor Bobinski said.

Morgan Bobinski said a nursing degree opens many doors, and it will allow her to work with a variety of people, something she enjoys.

“I always wanted to do ROTC because it is a great path for a career,” she said.