SALT LAKE CITY — Westminster College senior Blake S. Bassett has been named to the Order of Merit List by the Army ROTC.

Bassett ranked fourth on the list, which ranks the top 10 of 5,000 ROTC cadets nationwide, according to a Westminster College news release.

"This award really caught me off guard," Bassett said. "I try to do my best every day and live by Aristotle's quote, 'Excellence is not an act, but a habit' ... and I am humbled at the recognition."

Cadets are ranked on the Order of Merit List by achieving a superior grade point average, having strong athletic performance in the Army physical fitness test and college athletic participation, proving their worth as exceptional leaders in their college ROTC training, and performing well on the Leader Development and Assessment Course at Joint Base Lewis-McChord outside Tacoma, Wash.

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"It takes a lot of hard work, determination and sacrifice over time to be the best of the best. The cadets at the top of this list have proven themselves as standouts amongst an excellent cohort of scholar, athlete and leaders who'll comprise this year's class of commissionees," said Col. Barrye Price, Deputy Commanding Officer of U.S. Army Cadet Command.

Basset is a political studies major at Westminster with an emphasis in pre-law. He attends military science classes and training as part of the ROTC battalion headquartered at the University of Utah. Basset hopes to attend Harvard Law School upon graduation and will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army National Guard in the spring of 2011. He is the son of Matt E. Bassett of Sacramento, Calif., and Nan T. Bassett of Salt Lake City.