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Gar-Field Senior Gets $8,000 Scholarship

By Potomac Local News May 27, 2012 10:08 am

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WOODBRIDGE, Va. – On behalf of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and its Commandant of Cadets, U.S. Air Force Major General Randal D. Fullhart, Delegate Richard L. Anderson recently presented an “Emerging Leader Scholarship” (ELS) to Gar-Field High School graduating senior Kacey M. Adams. The setting was at the annual Gar-Field High School Senior Awards Night in front of several hundred of her friends, family, and classmates.

Del. Anderson was a member of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets during his time at Virginia Tech and graduated in 1979. He entered the U.S. Air Force that same year and retired in 2009 as a full colonel after 30 years in uniform.

The ELS grant is valued at $8,000.00 and is presented to outstanding high school graduates who have a demonstrated aptitude for leadership and have been selected for entry to the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets (VTCC) at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va.

The mission of Virginia Tech’s Cadet Corps is to graduate leaders of character who understand the concept of public service. Since 1872, the Corps of Cadets has produced outstanding leaders for the Commonwealth and the nation. Seven VTCC alumni have earned the Congressional Medal of Honor, and over 100 of its graduates have been promoted to General and Flag Officer rank. Countless alumni have achieved great success in the professions, business, industry, and public service.

Kacey earned her scholarship on the basis of her outstanding academic and extracurricular record of achievement. She is an International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate in Gar-Field’s IB program and has represented Gar-Field High School in statewide and national rowing competitions. She also is dedicated to community service by helping with animal rescue activities and caring for foster dogs and puppies.

Kacey desires to earn a degree in Veterinary Science and serve her country by serving as a commissioned officer in the United States Army.

In presenting the scholarship award, Del. Anderson stated that “Kacey has distinguished herself academically and in our community, and we know that she will serve her country with distinction when she takes the solemn and sacred oath as an officer in the United States Army. Her success is a testament to the quality of our students, faculty, parents, and Prince William County Schools.”

-Unedited press release