University of Akron student and ROTC Cadet Jonathan Saucier from Streetsboro, a graduate of Western Reserve Academy, recently joined 8,300 service members, wounded warriors and civilians from around the world in the annual Bataan Memorial Death March.

The Bataan Memorial Death March is a 26.2-mile or 14.2-mile marathon staged in the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, consisting of intense challenges and obstacles, including elevation changes and sand pits. The event commemorates the sacrifice and service of the 72,000 U.S. service members who were prisoners of war in the Philippines during World War II.

Saucier is a a senior secondary education major at UA on the dean’s list. He was also a member of the UA team of five ROTC cadets who finished third out of 46 college ROTC and West Point teams participating in the marathon.

The Army’s ROTC program provides scholarship funding covering tuition, fees, books and living expenses. Students in the program study the major of their choice while receiving the widely recognized leadership training of the U.S. Army. Upon graduation in May, Saucier will be stationed on active duty with the U.S. Army as a 2nd lieutenant in the Infantry.

The ROTC program is open to qualified University of Akron students. For more information, contact Terry Michaels at 330-972-2775 or