Columbus State ROTC Cadet Rated Best in Georgia

Matthew DePuydtCOLUMBUS, Ga. — Georgia's top university ROTC cadet comes from right here at Columbus State

CSU Army ROTC cadet Matthew DePuydt, competing against 5,592 cadets nationwide, finished 18th — the best finish of anyone from Georgia — and earned a place on the U.S. Army Active Duty Order of Merit. 

Columbus State previously had two other Top 50 performers. Last year, Joshua Barney finished sixth, and Donald Bolz finished No. 48 a year earlier.

Among the criteria considered in the rating are DePuydt’s activities during his three years at CSU, his grade point average (3.8), physical fitness during the 28-day Leaders Development Assessment Course at Fort Lewis, Wash., and other extracurricular activities.

DePuydt, from Columbus, was among 19 Columbus State cadets assessed. Of the 19 cadets, 16 received active-duty assignments. The other three were placed in the Army Reserves. <

“He’s a great leader,” said Lt. Col. Michael Feret, CSU professor of Military Science. “He’s a great personality. Down to earth.” 

CSU is a member of the Sixth Brigade, which encompasses Georgia, Florida Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Puerto Rico.
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Photo: Matthew DePuydt (high-resolution-original)