Squadron awards its top cadets

THE ROYAL Canadian Air Cadet 747 Unicorn Squadron held its annual Ceremonial Review on Sunday, June 12, at its headquarters at the Terrace Airport.

CPL. JOHNATHAN Haynes receives the award for Most Improved Cadet from OCdt. Erica Braam.

THE ROYAL Canadian Air Cadet 747 Unicorn Squadron held its annual Ceremonial Review on Sunday, June 12, at its headquarters at the Terrace Airport. It was a great time to celebrate another successful year of cadets and to recognize their accomplishments. Awards were handed out to the following cadets:

Best first year cadet – LAC Ashlee Thompson

Best Attendance – Cpl Samuel Christiansen, Cpl Silas Taylor, F/Cpl Sterling White

Best Uniform – Cpl Samuel Christiansen, F/Sgt Allen Coosemans

NCO of the year – F/Sgt Allen Coosemans, F/Sgt Jeremy Zhen

Most Improved Cadet – Cpl Johnathan Haynes

Esprit de Corps – F/Sgt Allen Coosemans

Commanding Officer’s Award – WO2 Marriah Bishop

Cadet of the Year – F/Sgt Jeremy Zhen

Citizenship – F/Cpl Christopher Bishop, F/Cpl Heather Cook

Survival – F/Sgt Jeremy Zhen

Sponsoring Society Award – F/Cpl Lesley Green

Most Improved Shot – LAC Mitchell Hess

Best First Year Shot – LAC Ashlee Thompson

Marksman of the Year – Cpl Alycia Iuliano

Glider Scholarship – F/Sgt Kayla Degerness

Legion Medal of Excellence – WO2 Kayla Essay

Lord Strathcona Medal – F/Sgt Allen Coosemans

Gramma Lil Taylor was awarded the prestigious “Above and Beyond the Call of Duty” for the amazing job she has done on the Sponsoring Committee.

The afternoon concluded with the Change of Command.  Lt Florence Braam has taken over command of the squadron from Capt Chris Bishop who served as Commanding Officer for the past eight years.

Several cadets will be attending Cadet Summer Training Centers in BC and Alberta.

Attending General training are:  Tristen Sandhu, Riley McClenaghan, Lesley Hansen, Madison Gauvin, and Mitchell Hess.

Basic Aviation is Samuel Christiansen.

Basic Aviation Technology:  Nicholas Wojnarowski

Basic Fitness:  Melinda Nelson

Basic Leadership:  Heather Cook, Alway Dawson, Nicholas Friesen, Nicholas Ross, and Kendra Shannon

Basic Survival:  Dakota Taron and Ashlee Thompson

Leadership and Ceremonial Drill:  Sterling White

Survival Instructor:  Christopher Bishop and Lesley Green

Fitness and Sports Instructor:  Jason Carlick

Kayla Degerness has been awarded the opportunity to earn her glider license at CFB Comox.

The courses will run from two to six weeks in length.

The squadron parades Thursday nights from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and is open to children aged 12 to 18.  The next season of cadets will begin with an Open House on Thursday, September 8, at 7 p.m. at the cadet hall, located at the Terrace airport.  Interested parents and their children are welcome to come out and see what cadets is all about.