First-year cadets Ian Haukdal, Claire Myllykoski, and Weiqian Tang will receive the flags at Saturday’s football game against Middle Tennessee, which is also the Military Appreciation Game in honor of Corps Reunion.

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. An upper-class cadet will travel with the Hokies for the away games.

Haukdal is majoring in mining engineering in the College of Engineering and in Army ROTC. He was chosen for his intensity, his willingness to help other cadets with their academic work, and for keeping morale high in his training company in the corps.

Myllykoski is majoring in general engineering and in the corps’ Citizen-Leader Track program. She is consistently prepared for the day, stepped up to help take care of a classmate who was injured, and continues to excel as a cadet.

Tang is majoring in electrical engineering and is also in the Citizen-Leader Track. He was chosen because he demonstrates prowess in his actions as a new cadet and pays attention to detail. A soccer player and boxer, he keeps up his fitness and coaches other cadets in his training company who need help.

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