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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
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Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212
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Email: vcoleman@cofo.edu

Date: February 20, 2013


By: Tyler Lopez

Derek GatesOn February 20, 2013, sophomore Derek Gates signed with the Army ROTC to become a commissioned officer in the United States Army upon graduation from College of the Ozarks.

Gates, an allied health major, aspires to be a personal trainer within the U.S. Army upon graduation. He attributes his interest in the program to his high school JROTC instructor, Sergeant Cogdil. “He got me fired up to be a leader and a mentor to others,” said Gates.

Present for the signing was MAJ Doug Schenck, U.S. Army (Ret.).  “The fact that young men like him [Gates] want to serve their country speaks volumes about their character,” said Schenck. “We are fortunate to have great Americans right here at College of the Ozarks.”


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