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Posted on: June 6, 2023

Mayor Rilling Congratulates Ella McNulty, 2023 Young American Awardee and Norwalk High School JROTC

(Norwalk, Conn.) – Today, June 6, 2023, Mayor Harry Rilling congratulated Ella McNulty, Norwalk High School JROTC Cadet Lt. Col., for being selected as the top 2023 awardee of the Western Connecticut Military Officers Association’s Young American Award (WCMOA). 

Ella McNulty is truly a remarkable student leader who has used her tremendous talents to benefit Norwalk High School, our community, state and nation,” said Mayor Rilling. “Between her commitment to our country and volunteerism in our community, her deep appreciation for service makes her a role model for other students and a shining star in the City of Norwalk. I want to congratulate her on achieving the top Western Connecticut Military Officers Association’s Young American Award and I look forward to learning about how she continues to make this world a better place.”

On June 1, the WCMOA announced that Ella McNulty had been selected for the most distinguished Young American Award. Ella is currently the Cadet Commander within the P-TECH/Norwalk High School AFJROTC. Her corps was named a Distinguished Unit with Merit, and Ella was named the Outstanding Cadet of the Corps. She is also a Tri-M Music Honor Society member, where she has participated as an actress, athlete and musician. Ella plans to pursue her post-secondary ambitions in Australia and study Media and Communications.

Every year, WCMOA members nominate outstanding high school seniors across Fairfield County who stand out from their peers. They consider academic excellence, patriotism, leadership potential, and voluntary involvement in community service. The Young American Awards are the centerpiece of multiple scholarships presented by the WCMOA. This year $22,000 was awarded to several awardees, and Ella earned the highest amount.

“The Western Connecticut Military Officers Association was thrilled to award Ella McNulty with the most distinguished Young American Award,” said Donna Monteleone, Chairperson of the WCMOA Awards Committee. “She is an impressive and charming young lady. She and her family have much to be proud of, and I look forward to seeing what she does next.”

The WCMOA is a non-profit organization founded in November 1958, currently celebrating its 60th year. It aims to stimulate love of country and supporting and defending the U.S. Constitution. Its membership consists of individuals who served as officers in all Armed Services branches in peacetime and war. The WCMOA Young American Awards program is in its 48th year of supporting the education of young Fairfield County students.


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