On Wednesday, February 10, Branch 613 Lincoln and Welland Regiment Army Cadet Corps Sergeant Mark Horvath received the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze level Award.
The award, which consists of gold, silver, and bronze levels, recognises adolescents and young adults for completing a series of self-improvement exercises over a set time period. The 16-year-old Sergeant Horvath had to complete requirements under four sections- Service, Skills, Physical Recreation, and Adventurous Journey- over a period of six months.
“Mark is a very committed cadet who participates in all the activities that have been made available to him,” said Capt. Leo Giovenazzo. “He’s worked very diligently and been very aggressive in trying to complete the program.”
Mark undertook a number of activities to earn this honour, including marksmanship training, a two-day solo wilderness trip, and 20 hours of community service above and beyond the Cadet Corps standard.
“It was the fruit of my efforts,” he said upon receiving the award. “It was a fun program, it was certainly worth it in the end.”
Branch 613 has had a half dozen cadets earn their bronze award in the short time they have been participating in the program.
“I think it just goes to show what a good group of cadets we have here,” said Giovenazzo. “They show commitment to the community, as well as the program.”