Cadets Stephen Rodriguez, Daniel Carita, and Ashlee Gibson will receive the flags at Saturday’s football game at Virginia. 

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, while upper-class cadets receive the flags at away games.  

Rodriguez, a national security and foreign affairs major in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, is an exemplary cadet who consistently volunteers his time to help others. A junior on the Marine Corps commissioning path in Naval ROTC, he never hesitates to take on additional tasks to aid his team. His dependable nature has made him an asset to 1st Battalion, where he serves on the supply staff as a logistical assistant.  

Carita is also a junior in Naval ROTC on the Marine Corps commissioning path. A history major in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, he is known for setting the example for his peers. As a member of Charlie Company, he is punctual and demonstrates humility and attention to detail in his everyday actions. He takes the wellness of his team seriously and never fails to take care of his fellow cadets. 

Gibson, a sophomore in the corps’ Citizen-Leader Track, is majoring in cybersecurity management and analytics in the Pamplin College of Business. A member of Golf Company, she was chosen for planning a service project on a compressed timeline for cadets to support Gobblerfest. Her dedication to service is shown in her efforts to plan additional opportunities for cadets to support the community. 

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