Being the best means beating the rest and that is exactly what Cadet Warrant Officer Ellie Marsh of 126 (City of Derby) Squadron has managed to do, by winning the Dacre Brooch nomination for Central and East Region. She will represent the Region with the hope of winning the national Dacre Brooch award for the best female air cadet in the Corps.
CWO Marsh has been a Cadet with Derby Squadron for 6 years and has become one of the highest qualified cadets the unit has ever had. Ellie has a love of flying and has gained Silver Glider Wings and has recently completed a Flying Scholarship.
CWO Marsh is an extremely active Cadet. She recently took part in an IACE visit to Turkey and she has also travelled to France, Belgium and Cyprus as a cadet. She has represented the South and East Midlands Wing at swimming, athletics and netball and has gone on to represent the Central and East Region at swimming. Ellie has gained her bronze and silver Duke of Edinburgh award and should complete her gold award in the spring. Ellie can also boast having BTEC qualifications at Distinction level in Aviation Studies, Public Services and Music.
2010 was a memorable year for Ellie. She was invited to take part in the Cadet 150 parade in London and attended the Garden Party at Buckingham Palace after the parade. She also received the Central and East Spitfire trophy and a Commendation from the AOC for her outstanding contribution to the Air Cadet organisation.
CWO Marsh will turn 20 in May and will move on to become a VRT officer. She says, “I am very proud to win the Dacre Brooch nomination. I have had a fantastic career in the ATC. I have made lots of friends and been to many interesting places. The Dacre Brooch nomination is the icing on the cake for me”
Sqn Ldr Ian Marshall, OC 126 Squadron, said, “CWO Marsh possesses zeal, energy and loyalty of the highest order. She has excelled in everything I have asked her to do over the years. She is a positive, active cadet who sets a great example for younger cadets. She is a credit to the Squadron and to the Air Training Corps.”