RICHMOND — Elizabeth A. Fariello, daughter of Mark and Tina Fariello, became the Eastern Kentucky University Army ROTC program's first female cadet command sergeant major earlier this year.
Now half way through her senior year, Fariello has participated in the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) at Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Wash. After LDAC, she participated in the Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT) program serving in a lieutenant-level leadership position with an active-duty unit in Hawaii.
An elementary education, she plans on a career as a school teacher. Her senior year at EKU also will involve student teaching in a Madison County classroom.
On May 9, she will be commissioned as an Army second lieutenant in addition to receiving a B.S. degree in elementary education.
While attending EKU, Fariello made the dean’s list six of seven semesters and the president’s list one semester. She was accepted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, maintained a GPA 3.5 or higher and participated in intramural indoor soccer.
Fariello was selected for the ROTC Ranger Challenge Team to compete with other schools. She also took part in the ROTC Mountain Man Memorial March 2011-13 in Gatlinburg, Tenn., to honor fallen soldiers.
In 2011, proved her physical endurance by in a 13.1 mile ruck march. She followed that with 26.2-mile marathon runs in each of the next two years and plans another in 2014.
Fariello is a graduate of North Hardin High School in Radcliff from which she graduated in the to 10 percent of her class. As a high schooler, she participated in marching band, wind symphony, concert band, National Honor Society, varsity softball. As a member of Advance Via Individual Determination (AVID), she tutored and helped lower classmen organize their work to be better prepared for advanced high school classes and college.