First-year cadets Samuel Fisher, Hunter Manley, and Lauren Ruck will receive the flags at Saturday’s football game against Syracuse.

The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and the Virginia Tech football team continue their proud partnership to highlight the colors during the pre-game ceremony at every football game.

Three football players, chosen because of their performance in the last game or at practice, carry the American flag, the state flag, and the team’s spirit flag and lead the team onto the field. They deliver the flags to cadets at the south end of the field. 

The cadets, also selected based on their performance in the corps, render honor to the flags and carry them off the field. At home games three first-year cadets are selected, and one or two upper-class cadets travel with the team and receive the flags at away games. 

Fisher is majoring in business information technology in the Pamplin College of Business. He is the recipient of a corps’ Emerging Leader Scholarship and in Navy ROTC. He was chosen for continually coming to training events with a positive attitude and motivating his peers. He has consistently shown improvement throughout the semester.

Ruck is majoring in industrial design in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. She is in the corps’ Citizen-Leader Track and was chosen for taking initiative to paint her training company’s banner for the homecoming parade and for being humble and hardworking and always asks good questions.

Manley is majoring in meteorology in the College of Natural Resources and Environment. He is the recipient of an Emerging Leader Scholarship and in Air Force ROTC. He was chosen for continuing to prove himself as an exemplary cadet through his ability to maintain military bearing and professionalism while pushing himself to be better. He is never afraid of a challenge.

Written by Victoria Ann, a senior majoring in human nutrition, foods, and exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

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