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Cibil Air Patrol cadets are honored

Staff reports

Five Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Cadets were honored at the Douglas County Composite Squadron year-end awards banquet. CAP senior members, parents and guests joined the Cadets for an evening of dining and dancing. The program included a flag ceremony by the Cadet Color Guard.

The following Cadets received awards: Most Improved Cadet of 1999, Cadet Staff Sergeant Nicole Scudder; Cadets of the Year for 1999, Cadet Airman First Class Trevor Winter and Cadet Staff Sergeant Sean Thaler; Cadet NCO of the Year for 1999, Cadet Staff Sergeant Sean Maxey; Cadet Officer of the Year for 1999, Cadet Second Lieutenant Joseph L. Covington.

Nicole Scudder is a student at Carson High School and is a member of the school swim team. As Cadet Supply Officer, she made major improvements in the organization and storage of uniforms and supplies. She also serves as the squadron’s First Element Leader. Scudder helped Cadets from the Douglas County, Reno, and South Lake Tahoe squadrons prepare for the Nevada Day Parade.

Trevor Winter is an academically talented student in Douglas County who is home-schooled. Although he has only been a member for a few months, he already takes new Cadets under his wing and teaches them the basics of proper uniform wear and drill. Winter is an active member, and has participated in Flight Line Training, the Lyon County parade, orientation flights, and Search and Rescue Exercises.

Sean Thaler is a ninth grade honor student at Pa Wa Lu Middle School and is a member of the school band. He was the first Cadet when the new Douglas County Squadron was formed, and is an example to the other Cadets on the basics of proper uniform wear. Thaler serves as the Cadet First Sergeant.

He participated in Flight Line Training, marshalling aircraft at airport open houses, and Search and Rescue Exercises.

Sean Maxey is a senior at Douglas High School and is planning to attend an aviation-oriented college after graduation. He works hard to ensure that all Cadets joining the squadron work together as a team. Maxey has excellent grooming standards and has a teaching style that makes military drill fun and easy to learn for the younger Cadets. He excelled at the 1999 Nevada Summer Training Encampment at Stead AFB. Maxey participated in the Lyon County parade, orientation flights and several squadron training and team-building exercises.

Joe Covington is a senior at Carson High School. After graduation, he plans to join the United States Marine Corps. Covington earned the Mitchell Award, becoming the squadron’s first Cadet Officer, in June of 1999. He is a motivational instructor and is always working to help other Cadets reachtheir potential. In addition to being the Cadet Squadron Commander, he served on the staff for both the Summer and Winter 1999 Nevada Training Encampments.