Eh­van Grif­fin wins cadet ex­cel­lence award

Pre­sen­ta­tion among high­lights of Navy League cadet in­spec­tion

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A 12-year-old cadet from Col­liers has earned a pres­ti­gious award from the Navy League of Canada.

Chief Petty Of­fi­cer II Eh­van Grif­fin was pre­sented with a Cadet Award of Ex­cel­lence dur­ing the annual cer­e­mo­nial re­view of 119 Vick­ers Vimy Navy League cadets in North River on Sun­day, May 27.

It’s one of only two handed out in the prov­ince this year.

The re­cip­i­ent is se­lected by the Navy League of Canada in Ottawa. Some of the cri­te­ria for the award in­cludes ex­em­plary dress, de­port­ment, lead­er­ship skills and knowl­edge.

Grif­fin is a Grade 6 stu­dent at Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion Ele­men­tary in Col­liers, and is one of just un­der 60 Navy League cadets who pa­raded with Vick­ers Vimy this year.

The corps is based in Bri­gus, though its annual re­view took place at All Hal­lows Ele­men­tary in North River.

Grif­fin also took home the best se­nior male cadet award, and led the corps’ im­pres­sive drill team dur­ing the re­view.

It was also a big day for coxswain Chief Petty Of­fi­cer I Ni­cole Shea of Marys­vale, who took home two of the most pres­ti­gious awards, in­clud­ing best all-round cadet. She also re­ceived the cadet choice award, which

“They al­ways do ex­actly what they’re sup­posed to do. They al­ways per­form way above what any­one an­tic­i­pates.” — Lt. (NL) Demita Hynes,

com­mand­ing of­fi­cer, 119 Vick­ers Vimy Navy League cadets

is voted on by her peers.

Lt. (NL) Demita Hynes, com­mand­ing of­fi­cer of 119 Vick­ers Vimy, de­scribed the annual re­view as phe­nom­e­nal.

“They al­ways do ex­actly what they’re sup­posed to do. They al­ways per­form way above what any­one an­tic­i­pates,” said Hynes.

The Bri­gus group is one of five Navy League cadet corps in the prov­ince. The oth­ers in­clude three in St. John’s and one in Gan­der.

Navy League cadets are be­tween the ages of 9 and 12 years-of-age, and un­like the tra­di­tional sea, air and army cadet pro­gram (ages 12 to 18), is not af­fil­i­ated with the Depart­ment of Na­tional De­fence.

Vick­ers Vimy, which is named in hon­our of a wooden schooner from Bri­gus that op­er­ated in the 1930s, fea­tures young peo­ple from Col­liers to Bay Roberts.

The corps was es­tab­lished in 1976, and is sup­ported by Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch No. 65 in Bri­gus.

The in­spect­ing of­fi­cer was Const. John Clarke, who is the com­mu­nity polic­ing of­fi­cer for the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion District RCMP. He de­scribed cadets as a “great pro­gram” where young peo­ple are ex­posed to dis­ci­pline, ex­er­cise and knowl­edge. He en­cour­aged the Navy League cadets to con­tinue their in­volve­ment with the pro­gram by join­ing a sea, air or army cadet corps.

Ber­nadette Trick­ett of Bri­gus rep­re­sented the Navy League of Canada, and had high praise for the cadets. “You amaze so many peo­ple,” she said. Trick­ett made spe­cial men­tion of a bul­ly­ing dis­play, and em­pha­sized that the cadet pro­gram en­cour­ages young peo­ple to treat oth­ers with re­spect. She also com­mended the drill team, de­scrib­ing it as sec­ond to none.

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AWARDS HANDED OUT DUR­ING THE 2012 ANNUAL RE­VIEW OF 119 VICK­ERS VIMY NAVY LEAGUE

CADETS:

• best first-year (fe­male) — Able Cadet Karen Mug­ford; • best first-year (male) — Lead­ing Cadet Jack Simms; • best se­nior cadet (fe­male) – Petty Of­fi­cer I Taylor Dixon; • best se­nior cadet (male) — Chief Petty Of­fi­cer II Eh­van Grif­fin; • best dressed (fe­male) — Petty Of­fi­cer II Laken Pot­tle; • best dressed (male) — Petty Of­fi­cer II Zachary Ed­munds; • John W. and Edith L His­cock Memo­rial Award (lead­er­ship and co-op­er­a­tion) — (tie) Petty Of­fi­cer I Gavin Sparkes and Petty Of­fi­cer I Is­sac Sparkes; • Most en­thu­si­as­tic — Petty Of­fi­cer II Kelsey Fry; • Most ded­i­cated — Petty Of­fi­cer I Coady Gil­lard; • Most im­proved — Petty Of­fi­cer I Casey De­laney; • Best band cadet — Petty Of­fi­cer II Macken­zie Spar­row; • Best guard cadet — Petty Of­fi­cer II Bran­don Dixon; • Most promis­ing ( ju­nior) — Petty Of­fi­cer II Ed­ward Ryan; • Most promis­ing (se­nior) — Petty Of­fi­cer II Tamika French; • Best all-round — Chief Petty Of­fi­cer I Ni­cole Shea; • Top fundraiser — Petty Of­fi­cer I Taylor Dixon; • Cadet choice award — Chief Petty Of­fi­cer I Ni­cole Shea.

Shown here are band mem­bers (from left) Ju­liann Keep­ing, Re­becca Snow, Emma Roberts, Brighton Kemp and Is­sac Sparkes.

Cadets Cody O’Leary (left), Luke Ed­munds and Cur­tis Hen­der­son (right) get ac­tive on de­vices called “Horse Hops” dur­ing the phys­i­cal fit­ness dis­play.

Mem­bers of the 16-mem­ber drill team pre­pares to strut their stuff.

Chief Petty Of­fi­cer II Eh­van Grif­fin (left) of Col­liers was pre­sented with a Cadet Award of Ex­cel­lence on Sun­day, May 27. Grif­fin is a mem­ber of 119 Vick­ers Vimy Navy League cadets, which is based in Bri­gus. He is shown here with his mother, An­gela Thomp­son-Grif­fin, and Ber­nadette Trick­ett (right) of Bri­gus, who is the provin­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive with the Navy League of Canada.

Pho­tos by Terry Roberts/the Com­pass

In­spect­ing of­fi­cer RCMP Const. John Clarke (cen­tre) chats with Petty Of­fi­cer II Matthew Small (right). At left is Chief Petty Of­fi­cer II Eh­van Grif­fin.

Mem­bers of the 119 Vick­ers Vimy Navy League cadets pa­rade dur­ing their annual in­spec­tion at All Hal­lows Ele­men­tary in North River on Sun­day, May 27.

Petty Of­fi­cer II Macken­zie Spar­row was se­lected “best band cadet.” He is shown here playing the snare drum.

Chief Petty Of­fi­cer II Tyanna Rowe leads the band.

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