First-year cadets Isiah Gerhardt, Nicholas Kartamyshev, and Ellen Thurneysen will receive the flags at Saturday’s football game against Liberty 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 and lead the team onto the field. They deliver the flags to cadets at the south end of the field. 

The cadets, also selected based on their performance in the corps, render honor to the flags and carry them off the field. Three first-year cadets are selected for home games. This year, an upper-class cadet will be recognized as an honorary flag cadet for away games.

Gerhardt is majoring in national security and foreign affairs in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. He is in Army ROTC and the recipient of a corps’ Emerging Leader Scholarship. He was selected for his excellence in cadet training and ensuring the other first-year cadets in his training company improve and excel as well.  

Kartamyshev is part of the corps’ Citizen-Leader Track program and is majoring in clinical neuroscience in the College of Science. He was recognized for his hard work to balance out a schedule of rigorous coursework, corps’ obligations, and a five-day-a week workout schedule to better himself and be an example for his peers.

Thurneysen is majoring in business information technology in the Pamplin College of Business. She is in Naval ROTC and the recipient of an Emerging Leader Scholarship. She was chosen for her commitment, progress and achievement this semester and for being a role model for other first-year cadets to follow.

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