BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 20, 2010 – The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets continues to partner with the Virginia Tech Football Team to highlight the colors during the pre-game ceremony at every football game.
Three football players are selected, because of their performance in the last game or during practice, to carry the American flag, the state flag, and the team’s spirit flag as they lead the team onto the field. They carry the flags the length of the field and deliver them to cadets that are waiting for them on the south goal line.
The cadets performing this honor are also selected based on their performance during their training. The cadets render honor to the flags and then securely carry them off the field. At home games three freshman cadets are selected and one or two upper-class cadets receive the flags at away games.
Three freshman cadets were selected by the cadet chain of command, based on their outstanding performance, for this honor at the Duke game.
Cadet Evan Glynn of Pearl River, N.Y., a freshman majoring in general engineering in the College of Engineering who is a member of the Naval ROTC program was selected for constantly helping out his fellow freshmen and always doing more than his fair share within his training company.
Cadet Zachary Baranek of Gloucester, Va., a freshman majoring in biological sciences in the College of Science who is a member of Air Force ROTC was selected for his infectious enthusiasm, wide smile, and for truly being the heart and soul of his training company. He was specifically lauded by his fellow freshmen in their peer evaluations.
Cadet Tyler Wallis of Poquoson, Va., a freshman majoring in general engineering in the College of Engineering who is a member of Air Force ROTC and is a recipient of the Emerging Leader Scholarship was selected for displaying an outstanding level of maturity, character, and effort throughout his training. He was highlighted as a leader among his fellow freshmen who look to him for his advice and help with any task.
Future cadets will continue to be selected for this honor based on their performance in the cadet regiment. The program is part of the proud partnership the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets has with the Virginia Tech Athletic Department and the Virginia Tech football team.
The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets has produced military, public, and corporate leaders since the university was founded in 1872. It is one of just two military corps within a large public university. The corps holds its members to the highest standards of loyalty, honor, integrity, and self-discipline. In return, cadets achieve high academic success and a long-lasting camaraderie with fellow members. Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.