BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 21, 2011 – The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and the Virginia Tech football team continue 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 at the south end of the field.
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 travel with the team and receive the flags at away games.
Two cadets were selected for this honor for the Marshall University game. Cadet Cody Wendelin of Martell, Neb., a sophomore majoring in natural resource conservation in the College of Natural Resources and Environment who is a recipient of the G. Scott Francis Commandant’s Scholarship was selected for his service to the corps as a company chaplain and for representing Hotel Company in the Corps of Cadets 'Ironman competition'. He is a member of the Army ROTC program.
Cadet Joshua Vaught of Roanoke, Va., a sophomore majoring in psychology in the College of Science who is a recipient of the Daniel W. Bird, Jr. '60 Emerging Leader Scholarship and the G. Scott Francis Commandant’s Scholarship was selected for his initiative and extraordinary devotion to both his company and the corps. Vaught is a member of the Civilian Leader Track program.
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.