This article, including additional photos, is also available in the June 5, 2012 print edition of The Compass.
While the 249 Effie M. Morrissey sea cadet corps may be small in number, they certainly are not small in enthusiasm.
If you lacked evidence of that, you only had to see the 19 cadets marching during its 37th ceremonial review at the Royal Canadian Legion in Brigus, May 29.
Those in attendance were treated to a sea cadet trivia game in which Team Bravo handed it to Team Alpha, as well as examples of the shooting and boating, led by members of the corps.
After each demonstration, the cadets were given a loud applause by their officers, special guests and parents and loved ones that were in attendance.
Staff Sgt. Major Dave Tipple with the RCMP was the reviewing officer.
The Newfoundland and Labrador warrant officer took his time speaking with cadets while he walked through the ship's company.
Tipple praised the cadets for the dedication they show each and every week.
"When reviewing cadets, one can't help but feel a sense of pride," he said. "This pride shines through in the eyes of everyone today.
"This corps is comprised of some of the best and brightest. A group of young, self-reliant people who are learning to become future leaders."
Along with noting the dedication of cadets, Tipple made note of the dedication shown to the corps by all volunteers, parents and the communities towards the success of the corps.
Tipple identified them as the "heart" of the cadet corps.
He said the sea cadet program offers a great start for the young men and women of Newfoundland and Labrador "on the road to self-confidence, physical fitness and self-discipline."
"It also offers youth the opportunity to make lifelong friends, encourages high personal standards and provides the foundation for future careers."
Commanding officer Lt. (N) Gerald Mercer started his address noting the corps low number of cadets, but told the crowd he expects the numbers to grow.
"We're hoping next year we can have a lot more," he said.
The corps takes in youth from Shearstown to Colliers and parade most Tuesday nights.
Named after the schooner captained by Brigus native and Arctic explorer, Capt. Robert Bartlett, the 249 Effie M. Morrissey corps started the year with 22 members, but slipped to 19.
Mercer said he was impressed with the work done by his cadets during the review, especially improving since starting in September.
"I get filled up every year, but they did an excellent job," he said.
Chief Petty Officer II Elora Hynes captured the award for best female cadet as well as the prestigious Lord Strathcona medal.
"It feels really good," she said about winning the medal. "It was really nice to be able to achieve it."
Hynes said she was proud of how she and her fellow cadets performed during the review.
"We worked hard for it and we did really good," she said.
249 Effie M. Morrissey officers:
• Commanding officer - Lt. (N) Gerald Mercer;
• Executive officer and adminstration officer - Sub-Lt. Demita Hynes;
• Supply officer - Lt. (N) Bonnie Small;
• Training officer - Sub-Lt. Joshua Bartlett;
• Training assistants - Sub-Lt. Chelsea Edmunds, Sub-Lt. Dawn Parsons and Acting Sub-Lt. Victoria Bartlett.
249 Effie M. Morrissey Ship's Company:
• Able Seaman - Ryane Rees, Kelsey Mugford, Chantelle O'Leary, Catherine Doyle, Nicolas Deering and Alexander Brenton;
• Leading Seaman - Makile Hynes, Hayley Mahoney, Matthew Mahoney and Wesley Sparkes;
• Master Seaman - Matthew Lane and Brandon Small;
• Petty Officer II - Dominique Batten, Blaise Crawley, Kelsi Crawley, Bradley Hawe and Samantha Linthorne;
• Chief Petty Officer II - Elora Hynes;
• Chief Petty Officer I - Brittany Mercer.
Awards and recipients
• Most promising first year cadet - Able Seaman Chantelle O'Leary;
• Most promising second year cadet - Leading Seaman Hayley Mahoney;
• Most promising third year cadet - Master Seaman Matthew Lane; Master Seaman Brandon Small;
• Best band cadet - Leading Seaman Makile Hynes;
• Best guardsman - Leading Seaman Matthew Mahoney;
• Best dressed cadet on parade of the year - Chief Petty Officer I Brittany Mercer;
• Most dedicated - Able Seaman Kelsey Mugford;
• Outstanding leadership potential award - Petty Officer II Samantha Linthorne;
• Officer's choice award - Petty Officer II Dominique Batten;
• Cadet choice award - Petty Officer II Bradley Hawe;
• Best male cadet - Petty Officer II Bradley Hawe;
• Best female cadet - Chief Petty Officer II Elora Hynes;
• Royal Canadian Legion medal of excellence - Chief Petty Officer I Brittany Mercer;
• Lord Strathcona trust medal - Chief Petty Officer II Elora Hynes.