Fourteen high school students have been inducted into the Cayman Cadet Corps following the group’s 26th recruitment intake.
The cadets received their certificates on Feb. 8 from reviewing officer Maj. Andy White and training officer Lt. Wilston Bennett at the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps headquarters at the Bodden Town Civic Centre.
Their qualifications can assist in such areas as pursuing a career, the Duke of Edinburgh Award and vocational programs, organizers say.
Mr. Bennett said cadet training, which took place over three months, “was challenging, and many youngsters thought they would not have made it, but they stuck to it.” Several dropped out because of the vigorous training, he added.
Throughout the training, recruits were assessed in drill, service knowledge, academics, field activities, fitness, map and compass, and first aid, among other areas for which they were given individual awards.
Jzane Vargas of Layman Scott High School in Cayman Brac and Rahiem Jacas of John Gray High School received the Best Recruit award. Jzane also received Most Improved. Best Female and Male Drill went to Sherylin Miller of Layman E. Scott and Christopher Gonzalez of Clifton Hunter schools, respectively, and Best Academic Average went to Shaniqua Trusty, also from the Brac school.