Cadets Anamika Shrestha, of Bay City, Michigan; Meredith Oakes, of Woodbridge, Virginia; and Dylan Fitzgerald, of Great Falls, Virginia, will receive the flags at this week’s football game against Miami.

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 are chosen because of their performance in the last game or at practice to 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 and one or two upper-class cadets travel with the team and receive the flags at away games. 

Shrestha, a freshman majoring in architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, was chosen for her desire to always perform at a higher level and develop her peers. She has demonstrated leadership by planning and executing tasks within her company. She is in Navy ROTC.

Oakes, a freshmen majoring in university studies, was chosen for her strong communication skills and innovation when assigned difficult projects. She has proved to be a clear leader among her peers. She is in Army ROTC.

Fitzgerald, a freshman majoring in computational modeling and data analytics in the College of Science, was chosen for his contagious motivation and commitment to his academics. He is known for taking initiative and has excellent communication skills. He is in Navy ROTC.

Written by Nikkole Lenardson, of Las Vegas,Nevada, a senior studying biological systems engineering.

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