In praise of cadets
Members of 2372 Avalon North conclude another successful year
The young men and women of 2372 Avalon North army cadets proudly paraded and put on display the skills they had learned all year during the corps’ fourth annual review at Amalgamated Academy in Bay Roberts on May 7.
Reviewing officer Port de Grave MHA Glenn Littlejohn commended the twodozen or so cadets on doing a “great job” and implored the family and friends in attendance to rise and give them a resounding applause.
After they had been generously applauded for their efforts, Littlejohn continued to heap praise on the corps.
“I know what a tremendous amount of effort goes into these programs,” he said. “I see a group with tremendous dedication.”
The cadets showed off a complete repertoire of exercises and parades, from an interpretat ion of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” by the band to an obstacle course designed to test the fitness level of cadets.
In one instance, the corps demonstrated the first aid procedure for a burn victim, as well as how to construct a lean-to, all under the watchful eye of Littlejohn, Capt. Roger Motty, from St. John’s, and the rest of the officers from 2372 Avalon North.
“It’s not easy to come and perform in front of your peers, especially when your peers are your parents, grandparents and relatives,” said Littlejohn. “You did an outstanding job.”
Littlejohn admitted he did not have much involvement in the cadet program, but from the involvement he did have, he could see cadets and officers were dedicated.
“The cadets provide you with life skills and you demonstrated them today,” he said.
The skills youth pick up in cadets will stay with them for life, stated Littlejohn.
“I’m always most impressed with the leadership qualities that they bring out in young people,” he said.
Littlejohn turned to the audience, noting that they should be proud of the work their children are doing in the cadet program.
“You are prime examples of great young people who are leaders in your community,” he said.
Lt. Melanie Snow brought words on behalf of commanding officer, Capt. Joy Carroll.
“Congratulations on your performance today,” she said.
Snow saluted the parents for their continued support and dedication to the cadet movement.
She congratulated all of the award winners and noted the success of all cadets during the 2011-2012 training year.
“The commitment and dedication to this program will serve all aspect of your life,” Snow told the cadets. “It gives you the foundation to excel into tremendous young men and women who will be successful in your future endeavours.”
Lord Strathcona medal winner
Warrant Officer Taylor Hutchings was selected the winner of the Lord Strathcona medal.
This medal is highest award given to a Canadian cadet and is in recognition of exemplary performance in physical and military training.
She said it felt great to capture the award because it fulfilled one of the goals she had since joining the cadets four years ago.
“Ever since I saw the awards, I knew I wanted to have a uniform full of different awards and medals,” said the Grade 10 student at Ascension Collegiate.
What makes winning the medal that much greater for Hutchings is the fact that for a cadet to get the award they must be nominated by their fellow cadets.
“It’s nice to know people appreciate you being around,” she said.
Hutchings is also a member of the band, which saw its numbers grow from four to seven this year.
“It’s nice to know that we have a lot of new members coming in,” said Hutchings.
Chief Warrant Officer Melissa White salutes her commanding officers at the fourth annual ceremonial review at Amalgamated Academy in Bay Roberts, May 6.
Drummers (from left) Keisha Slade, Phillip Mullet and Brady Snow-bollard perform Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romace.”