BLACKSBURG, Va., Dec. 22, 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.
Cadet Dustin Caranci of Newport News, Va., a junior majoring in civil engineering in the College of Engineering who is a member of Army ROTC and is a recipient of the Stanley Cohen '49 Emerging Leader Scholarship; Cadet Austin Burns of Raleigh, N.C., a junior majoring in history in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences who is a member of the Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Course and a recipient of an Emerging Leader Scholarship; and Cadet Brett Cowell of Gainesville, Va., a junior majoring in finance in the Pamplin College of Business who is a member of the Civilian-Leader Track and is a recipient of the Nicholas D. Street '53 Emerging Leader Scholarship have been selected to represent the Corps of Cadets at the Sugar Bowl where Virginia Tech will play Michigan.
All three are members of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Color Guard and Burns is serving as the Color Guard Commander this year.
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.
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.