Mike de Jong

Surrey cadets sweep awards

It's a hardware haul for Surrey-based members of the 2277 Seaforth Highlanders Army Cadets Corps.

Way to go, Surrey cadets.

An impressive 10 out of 14 awards at the annual 2277 Seaforth Highlanders Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps ceremonial review have been awarded to Highlanders who call the City of Parks home.

Master Warrant Officer (MWO) Brandon Reid, a student at Clayton Heights Secondary in Cloverdale, was awarded the Lord Strathcona Medal, the highest award that can be granted to a Canadian cadet in each corps. Reid was singled out among his peers in the 2277 Royal Canadian Army Cadets Corps for his outstanding performance and personal involvement in the community.

Other Cloverdale cadets fared well, too: The Royal Canadian Legion Cadet Medal of Excellence was presented to MWO Jarod Rogers, a student at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary. The award recognizes good citizenship within the corps and in the community.

Lance Corporal Mason Wright of Hazelgrove

Elementary earned a Green Star, an award recognizing a range of skills embodied in a first-year army cadet.

Mrs. Dorothy Delorme [pictured below; Phil Edge Photo] – the wife of the late Pte. Jack Delorme, a survivor of the World War II Battle of Ortona – was on hand to present Lord Tweedsmuir’s Master Corporal Matthew Hitchinson with the Esprit de Corps Award founded in Delorme’s memory and dedicated to his wife, who is considered the corps’ den mother. Hitchinson was recognized for his hard work and dedication, both within the corps and in the community, and for mentoring younger cadets.http://webpapersadmin.bcnewsgroup.com/portals/uploads/cloverdale/.DIR288/wAward_PrivateJackDelormeEspritdeCorpsAward_MCpl.M.Hitchinson.jpg

Other awards were presented to:

Sgt. Austin Neetz (Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary) – Top Gold Star

Cpl. James Joseph (Clayton Heights Secondary) – Top Red Star

Cpl. Brendan Chong (Lord Tweedsmuir) – Top Male Fitness

LC Diego Martinez (Clayton Heights Secondary) – Most Improved Marksman

Cpl. Jerry Xu (Semiahmoo Secondary) – Top Marksmanship

The 2277 Seaforth Highlanders RCL Army Cadets is open to youth aged 12 to 18 who want to learn leadership, engage in active citizenship, and improve fitness and communication skills in a safe, structured environment, plus learn about the rich history and traditions of the Scottish regiment and take part in opportunities such as: sports, marksmanship, field training, First Aid training, special events, camps and more.

Call 778-867-2225 for more information or visit the Corps website at www.2277rcacc.com.