Navy cadets march­ing in Bri­gus

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH -

Young navy cadets are march­ing and train­ing and hav­ing fun once again in Bri­gus.

The 119 Vick­ers Vimy Navy Cadet Corps is back in ac­tion, and meets at the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion each Wed­nes­day from at 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

So far, nearly 70 young men and women have en­rolled. That’s up from the 50 who pa­raded at last spring’s an­nual in­spec­tion.

“ Our ranks have grown tremen­dously,” said Hynes.

Cadets come from Har­bour Main to Shearstown, she said.

Com­mand­ing of­fi­cer Demita Hynes said the corps is hop­ing to build on the mo­men­tum from last year’s suc­cess, which was high­lighted by the award­ing of one of the top cadet awards in the prov­ince to Chief Petty Of­fi­cer 2nd Class Matthew Mahoney, who was the corps’ guard petty of­fi­cer.

Mahoney re­ceived the Cadet Award of Ex­cel­lence of New­found­land and Labrador for 2009-10. This award was cho­sen by the Navy League of Canada in Ot­tawa.

The corps also had a very suc­cess­ful 33rd an­nual in­spec­tion last May, Hynes said. Some of the award win­ners from the in­spec­tion in­clude the fol­low­ing:

• best first-year fe­male cadet — Erica Sprack­lin;

• best first-year male cadet — Eh­van Grif­fin;

• best se­nior fe­male cadet — Jes­sica Rose;

• best se­nior male cadet — Matthew Mahoney;

• best-dressed fe­male cadet — Chantelle O’Leary;

• Best-dressed male cadet — Shawn Bussey;

• lead­er­ship and co-op­er­a­tion award — Michael Power;

• most en­thu­si­as­tic cadet — Gavin Sparkes and Is­sac Sparkes;

• most ded­i­cated cadet — Amy Sprack­lin;

• most im­proved cadet — McKenzie McHugh and Tyanna Rowe;

• best band cadet — Danielle Mo­ri­ar­ity;

• best guard cadet — Alexan­der Brenton;

• most promis­ing ju­nior cadet — Tamika French;

• most promis­ing se­nior cadet — Mak­ile Hynes;

• best all-around cadet — Hay­ley Mahoney;

• cadet choice award — Hay­ley Mahoney and Jes­sica Rose;

• top f u n d r a i s e r awa rd — Chantelle O’Leary.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Demita Hynes at 528-4860.

“ We also wel­come males and fe­males of 18 years and older to vol­un­teer with this fan­tas­tic or­ga­ni­za­tion,” she said.

Cadet Matthew Mahoney of the 119 Vick­ers Vimy Navy Cadet Corps in Bri­gus re­ceived the Cadet Award of Ex­cel­lence of New­found­land and Labrador for 2009-10.

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