In praise of cadets

Mem­bers of 2372 Avalon North con­clude an­other suc­cess­ful year

The Compass - - OPINION - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

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.

Of­fi­cer’s words

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.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.”

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