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Courage, confidence, comradeship, respect for others, integrity and a sense of adventure.

They are character traits most parents would want their teens to develop, and just some of the qualities the cadets of 50 (Alexandra) Squadron, Air Training Corps, say their training has provided them.

The cadets, their parents, officers and community members celebrated 80 years of the Corps’ existence in New Zealand last Thursday, sharing a potluck dinner at the Clyde Memorial Hall before a prizegiving ceremony.

Squadron Leader Jill Checketts said 2021 had been another year of disrupted training due to Covid-19.

“Another year, though, that the cadets have stepped up and displayed the core values of courage, commitment, comradeship and integrity, with fortitude and respect for each other, officers, parents and cadet forces,” she said.

Cadet Corporal Mac Emeny (16) said his training taught him many values he is now taking to his workplace in a work experience placement, and which will remain with him after he ages out of the cadet corps.

Attention . . . Cpl Mac Emeny (center) leads 50 (Alexandra) Squadron, flanked by LAC Oliver Cohen (left), Cdt Amelia Woonton (rear) and LAC Max Knight.

“ATC teaches you courage, comradeship, respect for your elders and seniors, and integrity so you know to choose right from wrong,” he said.

As the highest-ranking cadet in the Alexandra squadron, Cpl Emeny leads the corps, and said he was very comfortable with taking a leadership role.

He expected his future working life would prevent him becoming commissioned as an ATC officer after age 18, but he hoped to remain with the corps as a civilian instructor and share his experiences with younger cadets.

Squadron Leader Jill Checketts awards Cpl Mac Emeny prizes for leadership and top flight leader on December 9.

Prizes were awarded to:

Cdt Amelia Woonton, most promising cadet, excellence in drill; LAC Max Knight,confidence, attendance, academia; Cpl Mac Emeny, leadership, top flight leader; LAC Oliver Cohen, dress & bearing, attendance; Cdt Ania-Kanu Saklani, aviation; Cpl Ben Baker, top shot, most promising NCO; LAC Jack Wyeth, W/O contribution award; Damian Storey, outstanding support and contribution.