Private Eric Etzell graduated from Northfield High school in 2017. He was one of the subjects of a Northfield news article in August of 2013 on students picking up their new I-Pads to help them with their school work.

Now he has been named the top soldier in his class in basic training. He graduated from basic training last week and was named Soldier of the Cycle.

That means that he was the best soldier in his company in 10 weeks of combat training. He was givien an Army Achievement Medal and a battalion coin.

Fort Benning is celebrating it's centennial this year.