BLACKSBURG, Va., Nov. 10, 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.
Two cadets were selected by the cadet chain of command, based on their outstanding performance, for this honor at the University of North Carolina game.
Cadet James Sheehan of Hightstown, N.J., a junior majoring in political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences who is a member of the Civilian Track program was selected for his superior performance as physical training instructor for the Civilian Track program and for his diligent work as a platoon sergeant in India Company. In addition, Sheehan was highlighted for taking on many duties of the company first sergeant who was recently limited by surgery. These duties were above and beyond his current positions and his selfless attitude has been critical to his company’s success. Sheehan has excelled this semester and has earned this opportunity to represent the corps.
Cadet Peter Seggel of Lavallette, N.J., a sophomore majoring in history in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences who is a member of Army ROTC and is a recipient of the Emerging Leader Scholarship was selected for his exemplary work ethic that he has shown since becoming a fire team leader. He is one of the first in the hall in the mornings inspecting his people. In addition, he designed and painted a new mural for Alpha Company.
Alpha Company Commander Cadet Maj. Daniel Reed of Riner, Va., a senior majoring in history in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences who is a member of the Civilian Track program and is a recipient of the William T. Compton Commandant’s Scholarship explains his nomination of Seggel, “Always motivated, always interested, and always squared away, Cadet Seggel has proved that he is a leader among his peers as well as the whole company and has earned this privilege.”
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.