Cadet Mike D'Avella, of Glen Gardner, New Jersey, will receive the flags at this week’s football game at Duke University.

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, chosen because of their performance in the last game or at practice, carry the American flag, the state flag, and the team’s spirit flag as they lead the team onto the field. They deliver them to cadets at the south end of the field. 

The cadets, also selected based on their performance during training, render honor to the flags and then carry them off the field. At home games, three first-year cadets are selected. For away games, one or two upper-class cadets travel with the team and receive the flags. 

D'Avella, a junior majoring in computer science in the College of Engineering, is the recipient of a corps’ Emerging Leader Scholarship and in Air Force ROTC.

He was chosen for his dedication and discipline, balancing a challenging course load with his training duties for first-year students, and his duties with the Air Force ROTC unit.

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