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Cadets earn honours at summer camps
Two air cadets and one army cadet have excelled this summer.
Shuswap 222 Squadron air cadet Mikayla McKay received the award as top cadet in 17 Platoon at the final parade of Delta Training Group at Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre.
McKay attended the six-week army cadet Marksmanship Instructor Course at the Vernon camp, where cadets learned the principles of marksmanship, how to lead marksmanship activities, how to assist the range safety officer and how to coach younger cadets. In addition, the cadets toured Vernon and enjoyed recreational swimming.
Cadet James Turgeon-O’Brien of 787 Royal Canadian Army Corps received the award as top cadet in 20 Platoon at the final parade of Delta Training Group.
Turgeon-O’Brien attended the three-week basic marksmanship instructor course, where cadets learned the principles of army cadet marksmanship, and the skills necessary to conduct a summer biathlon.
Cadets were also taught the marksmanship skills to improve their results in competitions.
During each summer, more than 1,200 army, sea and air cadets from western Canada spend up to six weeks in Vernon, expanding the training they receive at their home corps, developing new skills and former new friendships.
Michael Koprowsky was one of 44 air cadets to spend his summer at the Regional Gliding School (Pacific).
Koprowsky was 1 of 44 air cadets selected from across B.C. to take the Transport Canada Glider Pilot Licence. He flew the Schweizer 2-33A gliders, which are owned by the BC Provincial Committee of the Air Cadet League of Canada.
“Completing the glider pilot scholarship is getting me one step closer to my dream job,” said Koprowsky, who is a member of 222 Shushwap Squadron.
Koprowsky studied all aspects of aviation in order to pass an entrance exam, prior to sitting before a review board. His school marks, cadet service, leadership and physical fitness were also evaluated as part of the selection process.
The national cadet program is for young Canadians aged 12 to 18 who are interested in participating in a variety of fun, challenging and rewarding activities while learning about the sea, army and air activities of the Canadian Armed Forces.
Cadets also learn valuable life and work skills such as teamwork, leadership and citizenship.