Bay Roberts resident Daniel Taylor had trouble wiping the smile from his face at Amalgamated Academy in Bay Roberts on May 27.
The 17-year-old Ascension Collegiate student had just been recognized for his work as a master warrant officer with the 2372 Avalon North Army Cadet Corps with the Lord Strathcona Medal.
The medal is the highest medal bestowed upon a Canadian cadet and recognizes exemplary performance in physical and military training.
“I was surprised to hear my name called,” said Daniel.
For him, receiving the medal is a symbol of his commitment to the corps. Earlier in the evening, Daniel was recognized for his perfect attendance record this year.
He did not miss a single corps function and was rewarded thusly.
“You try your hardest no matter what,” said Daniel.
The son of Rosalee and Steve Taylor, Daniel took a step up this year inside the corps.
“I’m so used to being in the ranks,” he said.
However this year, Daniel found himself bellowing out commands during the sixth annual ceremonial review for 2372.
“I was a bit nervous,” he said. “I’ve never done it in front of this big a crowd.”
Daniel was not the only cadet with 2372 to be reconized for their work this year.
Warrant Officer Rebecca Power walked away for both the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh award and the Royal Canadian Legion Cadet Medal of Excellence.
The RCL medal is awarded to the cadet displayed excellence in citizenship both inside and outside of the Cadet program.
“I’ve been getting a lot of support from my officers and they’ve been helping me a lot,” said Rebecca.
It’s been a rewarding 12 months for the Level II student at Ascension Collegiate. A year ago, Rebecca was awarded the Lord Strathcona Medal.
“It felt really good (to hear my name) because I worked really hard to get it,” she said of receiving the Duke of Edinburgh award. “All of my hard work paid off.”
She was also awarded the bandsman award.
Words of praise
Under the watchful eye of Clarke’s Beach resident Maj. George Janes, the just under 40 cadets of 2372 put off an impressive performance for the throng of parents, siblings and grandparents.
The review is a time for cadets to highlight what they have done over the previous year. This means displays of physical training and first aid, as well as a picture slideshow.
It was capped by an outstanding showing by the corps’ band, which featured a poignant tribute to those who lost their lives in combat.
The performances drew rave reviews from Janes.
“Keep up the good work,” he said.
Janes also praised the cadets’ parents, who have to give up their time to make sure their children make it to activities.
“What you’re doing is creating great citizens,” he said.
Aside from the Lord Strathcona, Duke of Edinburgh and RCL Medal of Excellence, there were a host of other cadets who received awards. They are: Lance-Cpl. Joshua Dwyer (Green Star Award), Master Cpl. Alyssa Clarke (Red Star Award), Sgt. Aaron Delaney (Silver Star Award), Sgt. William Snow (Silver Star Award), Warrant Officer Joseph Hutchings (Gold Star Award, Biathlon Award), Chief Warrant Officer Taylor Hutchings (NCO’s Award), Master Cpl. Julie Kavanagh (Marksmanship Award), Sgt. Bryden Ross (Orienteering Award), Cpl. Kirsten Hiscock (Espirit de Corps), Master Cpl. Nicholas Mugford (Most Improved) and Lance-Cpl. Mackenzie Chipman (Best Dressed on Parade).
For more coverage of the ceremonial review, pick up a future print edition of The Compass.