Mayor Carol Childs attended 858 (Rushden) Squadron’s annual awards evening to hand out the trophies and certificates that all the cadets have been working very hard for over the past year.
It was the first time that Mayor Childs had visited the Rushden squadron. This was the best opportunity for the Mayor to see what the hard working young men and women have been doing over the past year.
Most of the cadets were presented with a certificate for either an academic achievement or another area such as sport, communications, flying and so on. A great number of cadets excelled in their recent examinations that are set out by the Air Training Corps to help further the individual’s knowledge of the Royal Air Force as well as furthering them in civilian qualifications as 4 cadets were awarded their BTEC in aviation studies which is the equivalent of 2 GCSEs.
However, the evening builds up to the bigger prizes of the night, the trophies. The trophies are awarded for Best Shot, Academic award, Sports Person of the Year, Musician of the Year, Best Uniform, Best Newcomer, Most Improved Cadet, Award for Special Achievement and the Best Cadet of the Year award.
The Best Shot went to Cadet Sergeant Chris Moore (17) as he shot a 1 inch grouping with the No.8 rifle and then went on to represent South and East Midlands Wing in the Regional competition. The Academic Award went to Cadet Corporal Bronnie Burgoyne (15) who excelled in her examinations and gained two credits for her Senior Classification and Staff Part 1 Classification. This is exceptional work as Bronnie managed not only to complete two exams but to achieve a mark worthy of a credit. Sports Person of the Year Award went to Cadet Sarah Young (15) as she represented the squadron at wing level in netball. Musician of the Year Award went to Cadet Corporal Dan Brown (14) as the lead drummer of the band left and Corporal Brown voluntarily stepped in to take the post and far surpassed all expectations and is doing a fantastic job. The Best Uniform of the year award went to again Corporal Dan Brown as his standard of uniform stood out amongst the cadets at the squadron with immense attention to detail in every aspect required. Best Newcomer was awarded to Cadet Kieran Fowler (14) as his eagerness to learn and lend a hand at any event the squadron attends from flying and shooting to