First-year cadets chosen to highlight the colors at the North Carolina game
First-year cadets Jack Bonner, John Mayes, and Luke Webb will receive the flags at Friday night’s football game against North Carolina.
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. At home games three first-year cadets are selected, and one or two upper-class cadets travel with the team and receive the flags at away games.
Bonner is majoring in national security and foreign affairs in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and in Army ROTC. He was chosen for setting the standard among his training company in the corps, his attention to detail, and his willingness to teach those skills to the other first-year cadets in his unit.
Mayes is majoring in economics in the College of Science. He is the recipient of a corps’ Emerging Leader Scholarship and in Army ROTC. He spent his first free weekend on campus doing community service at a local church. In the corps, he set the example for his training company for effort and being proactive to meet cadet standards.
Webb is also majoring in national security and foreign affairs and in Army ROTC. He was chosen for his tenacity and his ability to encourage the other first-year cadets in his unit. He is created with attacking every opportunity to excel at the tasks given to him.