BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 20, 2012 – The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and the Virginia Tech football team continue their proud partnership 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 normally three freshman cadets are selected and one or two upper-class cadets travel with the team and receive the flags at away games.
The Virginia Tech versus Bowling Green game is both Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Homecoming and Military Appreciation Day. As part of this special day, one cadet will join the football players and run a very special flag out of the tunnel.
Cadet Capt. Kyle Cawthon of Virginia Beach, Va., a senior majoring in mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering who is a recipient of an Emerging Leader Scholarship and is also a member of the Marine ROTC program will run out of the tunnel with the football players carrying a commemorative blue and black flag with the number 152 in honor of Virginia Tech Police Officer Derek Crouse. Crouse, whose badge number was 152, was killed in the line of duty during a traffic stop on the Virginia Tech campus last December. Crouse was also a proud member of the United States Army and an Iraqi War veteran.
Four outstanding freshman cadets, who were nominated by their training cadre for this honor, will receive the flags.
The cadets selected are Cadet Brett Jones of Corfu, N.Y., a freshman majoring in general engineering in the College of Engineering who is a member of the Highty-Tighties, the regimental band, and a member of the Marine ROTC program; Cadet Natasha Laramie of Sterling, Va., a freshman majoring in international studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences who is a member of the Highty-Tighties, a member of the Army ROTC program, and is a recipient of the Emerging Leader Scholarship; Cadet Sean Stockmoe of Ridgefield, Conn., a freshman majoring in human nutrition, foods and exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences who is a member of the Army ROTC program and is a recipient of the Emerging Leader Scholarship; and Cadet Chase Campbell of Fairfax, Va., a freshman majoring in geography in the College of Natural Resources and Environment who is a member of the Army ROTC program and is a recipient of the Emerging Leader Scholarship.
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.