Cadets Andre Asarian, Suhjin Kwak, and Carmella Wheeler will receive the flags at the Military Bowl in Annapolis, Maryland on Dec. 27.

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 honors 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. 

Asarian, a senior in the corps’ Citizen-Leader Track and a scholar in the Defense Civilian Training Corps pilot program, is majoring in public health in the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. As the regimental academics officer, he ensured opportunities for cadets to excel in their classes during a busy semester. Asarian, a member of the Honors College, also served as the lead for the cadet medical staff and currently serves as a paramedic in Roanoke and Montgomery counties and as a volunteer firefighter and paramedic in Carle Place, New York, when classes are not in session.

Kwak, a member of Charlie Company and Air Force ROTC, is majoring in human nutrition, foods, and exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Serving as a team leader in the corps and a physical fitness officer for Air Force ROTC, she is an active and dedicated cadet and known in her battalion for her selfless attitude. Always seeking to help others, Kwak balances her time while participating as a member of the cadet color guard, representing the university and the corps at numerous functions. 

Wheeler is majoring in business in the Pamplin College of Business. A sophomore in Hotel Company and member of Air Force ROTC, she served as a cadet training assistant in August and was responsible for support and logistics during two rigorous weeks of cadet training. Through long hours of strenuous work, she maintained a positive attitude and has been known for her upbeat nature throughout the semester.

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