Madi Taljaard has once again distinguished herself as a Cadet Biathlete at the National level. Madi attended the Cadet Biathlon Nationals at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier last week as a member of Team Nova Scotia. This talented young lady is just fresh off Cadet Zones where she won GOLD, and Nova Scotia Provincials where she won two GOLD medals. Madi produced some great results in Valcartier. In the 6 km Sprint race, she placed 9th overall in Canada. The Patrol Race produced a result of 4th position in the nation with Madi shooting clean, 10 for 10. The final race was the Mass start. In this heated 7.5 km competition, Madi placed 6th in the nation and beat everyone else in Atlantic Canada, shooting 14 out of 20 targets. In addition to her amazing talent as a biathlete, Madi was also given the Most Heart Spirit Award in the Games. With cries of “When I say Nova, you say Scotia”, the team from Nova Scotia was named the Most Spirited group at the competition. Way to go, Madi. Well done!
Operation Liberation celebrations have come to an end; however, the friendships and connections are already taking root beyond our trip. In fact, we recently received a donation to beautify our Campus Cenotaph with a Tulip Garden. These perennials have their origins in Turkey; however, they have become symbolic of the Netherlands and their liberation 75 years ago. Our campus groundskeeper, Mr. Chris Northrup, recently planted 75 tulip bulbs that will be a symbol of remembrance for the sacrifice made by our very own Black Watch Regiment during the Battle for the Scheldt Estuary in 1944.
The Annual Cadet Ball is a spectacular event at King’s-Edgehill School. This year was no exception due to the efforts of many dedicated people. I am so thankful for the support given to the Corps. Right from the start, we had the much needed involvement from the staff at Marshall House, in particular Ms Kathy Bonang and Ms Jenn Shaw. These two fine ladies coordinated notices out to faculty and parents. Within the Cadet office, Ms Morgaine Sullivan maintained the file detailing attendees and guests. This is no mean feat as there are always last minute people who have selected a date and finally found the courage to ask the young man or lady.
Of course, there is no point in having a ball if no one knows the dance movements. This year we called upon the multi-talented Sarah Bell and Ms Stephanie Cumming. Between these two extraordinary dancers, they staged dance lessons for the students that were amazing and lots of fun.
Everybody finally got their ducks in a row and the day of the event came. Mr Jeff Smith’s Big Valley Swing Band once again provided fabulous music for the evening. The space looked amazing due to the efforts of Ms Sandy Stewart. Ms Stewart can take any area, use her great talents and turn it into a dream world. What an amazing lady and a true supporter of the cause.
This year I received a very fine comment from the orchestra. They really like to play for the Cadet Ball because the students are so charged up on the floor, not afraid to try new movements and just thoroughly enjoy the experience. What more could one ask for? What a great way to end the Cadet Year.
Don’t worry though, 11 September 2019 is fast approaching. Wednesdays -- the best day of the week!