GSAL cadet honoured by Lord-Lieutenant

Thursday 28 September 2017

A member of the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) at The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) has been recognised for her outstanding service with the highest honour that a cadet can achieve.

Colour Sergeant Libbie Griffiths, Year 13, is one of four Yorkshire cadets appointed as the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets for West Yorkshire. The honour was conferred by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Dame Ingrid Roscoe, at a special ceremony held at South & West Yorkshire Wing ATC in Castleford.

After joining the CCF in 2013, Libbie completed many courses and threw herself into cadet life. From a qualification in first aid from St John’s Ambulance, to a gold star for syllabus completions and a first-class pass on general purpose rifle, Libbie hasn’t let the grass grow under her feet.

Squadron Leader Diane Norton of Leeds Grammar School CCF nominated Libbie for the appointment. She said: “In her four-year career as a cadet Libbie has grown in stature as a superb role model for our younger cadets. She has consistently demonstrated tenacity, determination and perseverance in the face of the many challenges she has met as a cadet.”

Libbie said: “I am really excited to take up the position and feel like it signifies how far I have come as a cadet.”

Lieutenant Colonel Jeremy Bleasdale, Deputy Chief Executive of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) in Yorkshire and The Humber, which runs the awards, said: “These cadets demonstrate exactly what can be achieved with dedication, hard work and a passion for what you’re doing. To be chosen as the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet is a huge honour.”

Libbie is one of only 12 cadets aged between 10 and 18 years of age selected from a total of 8,500 across the whole Yorkshire and Humber region to be awarded the Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate.

Libbie is pictured (right) with Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Dame Ingrid Roscoe DCVO.

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