On Saturday (March 9) FCpl Joel O'Sullivan of the 279 Elk Valley Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron in Sparwood won the gold medal at the Air Cadet League of Canada, Kootenay Wing Effective Speaking Competition held in Trail.
Dustin Brooks, 266 Kimberley RCACs, Kimberley earned the silver medal and LAC Sierra Blackwell, 552 Key City RCACS of Cranbrook placed third earning the bronze medal.
Cadets from Cranbrook, Nelson, Kimberley, Castlegar, and Elk Valley participated in the competition.
Each cadet presents a five-to-six-minute prepared speech as well as a two-to-three minute impromptu speech during the competition.
The cadet program is a national program which, among other things, aims to instill leadership and citizenship qualities in young people and to encourage their involvement in the community.
For more information about the cadet program http://www.cadets.ca/
Picture includes: left to right, FSgt Zachary Thompson (Sparwood), Carol Gignoc (judge), Sgt. Dustin Brooks (Kimberley,) Sgt Nathanial Suwula (Sparwood), Mark Sirges (judge), AC Robin Waldie (Nelson), LAC Sierra Blackwell (Cranbrook), WOII Karan Dhillon (Castlegar) and Scott Wallace (judge).