32 Beothic over­comes hard year

Band praised for per­for­mance


The 32 Beothic sea cadet corps in Har­bour Grace may be small in num­ber, but what it lacks in size it makes up for it with gusto and de­ter­mi­na­tion.

The nine cadets who were on deck for the 60th annual cer­e­mo­nial re­view June 3 at St. Fran­cis school in Har­bour Grace were praised for the “de­ter­mi­na­tion and ded­i­ca­tion” they showed in what was de­scribed as a chal­leng­ing year year.

The corps en­tered last fall with­out a com­mand­ing of­fi­cer un­til re­view­ing of­fi­cer Lt.-Cmdr. Don Reid from Ho­peall stepped in and made a com­mit­ment to take over un­til Jan­uary.

Reid said he was proud of the work showed by the cadets, who demon­strated its skills on pa­rade, as well as marks­man­ship, knot ty­ing and fire fight­ing static dis­plays.

“Your dis­plays this af­ter­noon show what a group of ded­i­cated cadets can do,” he said.

Reid said it was plea­sure to be in­vited back to the corps he left in Jan­uary as re­view­ing of­fi­cer and to have to op­por­tu­nity to see the fin­ished prod­uct.

“I’m glad that you stuck together and didn’t let it go,” he said.


• Chief Petty Of­fi­cer I Sa­man­tha Crocker; • Chief Petty Of­fi­cer II Nathan Small; • Petty Of­fi­cer I An­drew Ros­siter; • Petty Of­fi­cer II Shanda Verge; • Petty Of­fi­cer II Ja­cob Elyk; • Master Sea­man — James Byrne, Kyle Hamil­ton, Mon­ica Grif­fin, Brian McCarthy, Devon Pike; • Lead­ing Sea­man — Bran­don Nof­tall; • Or­di­nary Sea­man — Kelsey Mae Dove.


• Com­mand­ing of­fi­cer — Lt. (N) Brian Quinn; • Train­ing of­fi­cer — Act­ing Sub-Lt. Travis Simms; • Ad­min­stra­tion of­fi­cer — Sub-Lt. Ni­cole Con­rad; • Sup­ply of­fi­cer — Sub-Lt. Char­lie Rogers; • Range of­fi­cer — Lt. (N) Chris­tene Janes; • Vol­un­teer in­struc­tor — Lt. (N) Garry Rogers.

Chief Petty Of­fi­cer Sa­man­tha Crocker said she and her fel­low cadets were con­fronted with some in­struc­tional chal­lenges once the corps was re­ac­ti­vated when Reid came on board.

“There are cer­tain things cadets have to learn, and it was tough hav­ing to catch up,” she said.

As things started to pick up, Crocker said she could see the ded­i­ca­tion in her fel­low cadets.

“You could tell that they re­ally wanted to be there,” she said. “It was hard get­ting ev­ery­thing done with so few num­bers, but they did re­ally well.”

Lt. ( N) Brian Quinn came on as th e com­mand­ing of­fi­cer for 32 Beothic in De­cem­ber, when he trans­ferred from the Nova Sco­tia de­tach­ment to New­found­land.

“When I came on, I knew what the chal­lenge would be and I knew it was go­ing to be hard,” he said.

Quinn said there were some chal­lenges in keep­ing cadets and hav­ing cadets show up to manda­tory events.

“You know what, there are th­ese cadets that show up ev­ery time and they see that cadets isn’t just silli­ness. They get to do things nor­mal kids don’t get to do,” he said. “I can as­sure you that the cadets be­fore you today are some of the most ded­i­cated and de­ter­mined young men and women that you will ever have the plea­sure of know­ing.”

“Your dis­plays this af­ter­noon show what a group of ded­i­cated cadets

can do.” — Lt.-Cmdr. Don Reid

Small band, big sound

The 32 Beothic band does not have the most mem­bers, but it has a big sound.

“We like to say they may be small, but they’re mighty,” said Quinn.

The four-piece band im­pressed all mem­bers of the au­di­ence with some in­ter­est­ing song choices that in­cluded the Su­per Mario theme and the theme from the movie Top Gun.

“There was a bit of a mix up with who as in the band, but we fig­ured it out and we did pretty good with it,” said Crocker. A great job All of the cadets on deck were con­grat­u­lated on the per­for­mance they out for­ward.

“The cadets did amaz­ing,” said Quinn. “They put together a dis­play that would ri­val or sur-


• Out­stand­ing lead­ing cadet — Master Sea­man Mon­ica Grif­fin; • Out­stand­ing petty of­fi­cer — Petty Of­fi­cer II Ja­cob Elyk; • Phys­i­cal fit­ness award — Master Sea­man James Byrne; • Most promis­ing cadet — Master Sea­man Brian McCarthy; • Most en­thu­si­as­tic cadet — Petty Of­fi­cer I An­drew Ros­siter; • Most im­proved cadet — Master Sea­man Devon Pike; • Per­fect at­ten­dance — Petty Of­fi­cer I An­drew Ros­siter; • Best in band — Petty Of­fi­cer II Shanda Verge; • Best in guard — Master Sea­man Kyle Hamil­ton; • Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer’s choice — Chief Petty Of­fi­cer I Sa­man­tha Crocker; • Cadets choice — Chief Petty Of­fi­cer I Sa­man­tha Crocker; • Best dressed se­niors — (tie) Chief Petty Of­fi­cer II Nathan Small and Petty Of­fi­cer I An­drew Ros­siter; • Best dressed ju­nior — Master Sea­man Mon­ica Grif­fin; Christo­pher Moores Nut­beem Memo­rial Award (schol­ar­ship) — Chief Petty Of­fi­cer I Sa­man­tha Crocker. pass any that I’ve seen be­fore with larger units.

“It’s amaz­ing what you can do with so few peo­ple.”

Provin­cial Navy League of Canada rep­re­sen­ta­tive Don Peck­ham praised the se­nior cadets for the dis­plays put for­ward.

“You were very imag­i­na­tive … and the whole af­fair, in­clud­ing the static dis­plays were well ex­e­cuted and are a credit to ev­ery­one one of you here,” he said.


CPO I Sa­man­tha Crocker (left) and MS Brian McCarthy (right) show Lt.-Cmdr. Don Reid how to tie a knot at one of the many static dis­plays shown at 32 Beothic’s annual cer­e­mo­nial re­view.

PO I An­drew Ros­siter (cen­ter) shows how to prop­erly put on a fire­fight­ers’ bunker gear. With Ros­siter is MS Brian McCarthy (left) and MS James Byrne.

Chief Petty Of­fi­cer II Sa­man­tha Crocker walks with Lt.Cmdr. Don Reid to the next set of re­views, while Lt. (N) Brian Quinn (back) and Don Peck­ham (right) fol­low be­hind.

32 Beothic sea cadet corps hon­our guard.

MS James Byrne re­ceives a new bass drum from Lt. (N) Chris­tene Janes.

32 Beothic sea cadet corps in the Har­bour Grace pa­rade dur­ing its 60th annual cer­e­mo­nial re­view at St. Fran­cis school in Har­bour Grace, June 2.

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