Meet Our Cadets
Liberty Battalion has Cadets from all of the world, from all walks of life, and with diverse backgrounds. Here are some of our many outstanding Cadets.
Every semester, Liberty Battalion Cadre select MSIV Cadets to fill various leadership positions and other positions of responsibilities, which will help give the future officers real leadership experience.
Liberty Battalion c/Command Team for the Fall of 2020
c/Lieutenant Colonel Emily Newell
Position: Battalion Commander
Major: Political Science
High School attended: Saratoga Springs High School, Saratoga Springs, NY
Reason for joining: I was drawn to a life of service and the opportunity to pursue higher education.
Extracurricular Activities: Student Government Association, Mock Trial, and Jumpstart
Cadet Simon Chin Lee
Position: Battalion Executive Officer
Major: Mechanical Engineering
High School Attended: The British Academy of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
Reason for joining: After enlisting in the Army, I knew that I wanted to do more and make a bigger impact within the Army while pursuing my Bachelor’s degree. ROTC provided me with the perfect opportunity to do both.
Extracurricular Activities: Ranger Challenge, Wentworth Orientation Team Leader, Wentworth Veterans Club
Cadet Jack Emerling
Position: Command Sergeant Major
Major: Political Science, Minor in History
Desired Branch: Military Intelligence w/ branch detail Infantry
High School Attended: Salem Academy Charter School, Salem, MA
Reason for Joining ROTC: Joined for love of country, adventure, family heritage and as a personal challenge
Extracurricular Activities: In the past I’ve been involved with; intramural sports, Husky Ambassadors, Phi Beta Kappa (Political Science Honor Society), part-time work, and volunteering. Through ROTC, I’ve been to Jordan with Project GO and Senegal with the CCWP program. I’ve completed co-ops with the Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security and with Fallon Ambulance as an EMT.
MSIII Cadet Nicole Kaemer
Major: Combined Communications and Media and Screen Studies
Desired Branch: Military Intelligence
High School attended: Oceanside High School, Oceanside, NY
Reason for joining: I joined because I wanted to serve my country in some capacity and when I tried it out, I fell in love with the program and found that the Liberty Battalion Cadets and Cadre were people I wanted to surround myself with
Extracurricular Activities: Ranger Challenge, Chi Omega Sorority, Howlin’ Huskies Productions, Color Guard
MSIII Cadet Kayla Spellenberg
Desired Branch: Medical Services
High School Attended: North Reading High School, North Reading MA
Reason for Joining ROTC: I joined the MAARNG and AROTC to be part of something greater than myself.
Extracurricular Activities: Berklee Society of Composers, Berklee Spontaneous Composition Ensemble
MSIII Cadet Caitlin McCollom
Desired Branch: Nurse Corps
High School attended: Brussels American School; Brussels, Belgium
Reason for joining: Originally, I was inspired to join the military since I grew up as a military child. Once I figured out that I wanted to become a nurse, I found that joining Army ROTC would be the perfect way to achieve my goals! From Army ROTC, I hoped to gain confidence in myself as an individual and a leader, as I am challenged in so many ways on a daily basis.
Extracurricular Activities: NEU Student Nurses Association, Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority, Weekly Volunteer at Franciscan Children’s Hospital
MSIII Cadet Kendall Smith
Major: Politics, Philosophy & Economics
Desired Branch: Military Intelligence
High School Attended: Stuttgart High School, Stuttgart, Germany
Reason for joining: I wanted to continue to be apart of the military community after living on military bases my entire life. And I also wanted to join my other family members who served/are currently serving in several branches of the armed forces.
Extracurricular Activities: Suffolk Women’s Tennis, First Year Teaching Assistant, and High School AVID Tutor
MSII Cadet Tommy Bushway
Major: Cyber Security
Desired Branch: Signal Corp
High School Attended: Wachusett Regional High School.
Reason for joining ROTC: I joined ROTC to advance in my Army career, as an enlisted soldier in the Army Reserve I viewed ROTC as a great way to stay on top of both personal fitness and basic Army skills while attending college as well as a fantastic opportunity to advance my leadership skills.
Extracurricular Activities: Ultimate frisbee club, WIT Vets Club, Lab assistant to the Civil Engineering Department, Signal Support Specialist in the Army Reserve.
MSII Cadet Kayli Ko
Major: Elementary Education and Applied Psychology
Desired Branch: Unsure
High School attended: West Windsor Plainsboro High School North, Plainsboro, NJ
Reason for joining: I thought it would be a great way to gain leadership skills and I want to ultimately be a part of something bigger than myself that could help those around me.
Extracurricular Activities: Ranger Challenge, Equestrian Club, Swing Dance and Boston College Neighborhood Center Tutoring Program