Written By Volunteer Now Staff Writer, National Headquarters
MAXWELL AFB, ALA. --
The Florida Wing’s Spartans started the New Year in grand style tonight, winning the 2015 National Cadet Competition and the Air Force Chief of Staff Sweepstakes Award Trophy that goes to the top Civil Air Patrol cadet team.
The 2015 competition was held Wednesday through today in front of special guests that included senior U.S. Air Force and CAP personnel.
"It was a good competition,” Lt. Col. Grace Edinboro, the activity’s director, told members of the 16 competing teams. "You are all winners!”
Cadets participating in the competition reached the national stage by winning group, wing and regional competitions. Each of CAP’s eight regions were represented, as well as 14 wings -- Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah and Virginia.
Members of the championship team, from the Coral Springs Cadet Squadron, are Cadet 2nd Lts. Michael Cassell and Santiago Ledesma, Cadet Master Sgt. Andres Fonseca, Cadet Staff Sgts. Kenneth Lasseter and Pedro Turmero and Cadet Senior Airman Anthony Vicary. The team was escorted by Capt. Luz Levin and 1st Lt. Sean Owens.
Cadets competed on six-member teams, demonstrating skills in events that involve precision and teamwork. These skills included indoor and outdoor color guard challenges, a written test of leadership and aerospace knowledge and a Jeopardy!-style game, a physical fitness test, an obstacle course-like fitness challenge, public speaking, model rocketry, team leadership problems (group problem solving challenges) and a uniform inspection.
In addition to the Air Force Chief of Staff Sweepstakes Award Trophy, second- and third-place team trophies were also presented.
The second-place trophy went to the Florida Wing's Sabre team, consisting of cadets from the Ormond Beach Compsiite Squadron, while the California Wing’s CA-324 team -- cadets from Skyhawk Composite Squadron 47 --finished in third place.
Individual awards were also presented to cadets competing in several categories, including top written exam score.