12/19/11 10:00am

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | Brian Weinhardt and Amanda Gall of Riverhead High School NJROTC were recently awarded $180,000 Navy scholarships.

The News-Review sat down recently for a quick chat with Riverhead High NJROTC scholarship winners Brian Weinhardt and Amanda Gallo.

The two Riverhead students will head to college next year, each on $180,000 Navy scholarships.

12/13/11 5:22pm

COURTESY PHOTO | Brian Weinhart of Riverhead High School is the second of six cadets from the school's NJROTC to receive a $180,000 Navy scholarship this year.

Brian Weinhardt is the second Riverhead High School senior cadet from to receive a $180,000 Navy scholarship this year.

Brian — who is a member of the National Honors Society, an AP scholar, and soon to be an Eagle Scout — was called a committed, hardworking cadet of four years by Riverhead High School’s NJROTC Commander Lt. Col. Peter McCarthy.

“He is the mainstay of the unit’s Academic Team and is on both the Armed and Unarmed Drill Teams,” Commander McCarthy said in a press release.

Brian will enter the Navy after graduating from college. His first choice colleges include George Washington University, North Carolina State University, and UNC Chapel Hill. He plans to major in aerospace engineering followed by law and wants, ultimately, to become a Navy “JAG.”

“I knew as a freshman that this is what I wanted to do,” Brian said in a statement. “And I’m very excited that it’s all going to happen as soon as I hoped it would.”

Brian’s classmate Amanda Gallo was the first recipient of the Navy scholarship this year.

U.S. Navy Commander John Skarin is able to handpick six cadets from the region to win the scholarship.

gvolpe@timesreview.com

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated four more Riverhead students would win the scholarship.