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 are selected, because of their performance in the last game or during practice, to carry the American flag, the state flag, and the team’s spirit flag as they lead the team onto the field. They carry the flags the length of the field and deliver them to cadets at the south end of the field. 

The cadets performing this honor are also selected based on their performance during their training. The cadets render honor to the flags and then securely carry them off the field. At home games three freshman cadets are selected and one or two upper-class cadets travel with the team and receive the flags at away games. 

Cadet Allison Whitley of Nokesville, Va., a junior majoring in electrical engineering in the College of Engineering who is pursuing a minor in leadership studies from the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Rice Center for Leader Development and Cadet Whitney Marrs of Fredericksburg, Va., a senior majoring in chemistry in the College of Science who is also pursuing a minor in leadership studies from the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Rice Center for Leader Development have been selected to receive the flags at the University of Virginia game.

Whitley is a member of the Air Force ROTC program and is the recipient of the Priscilla and Sam McCall ’58 Emerging Leader Scholarship. Marrs is a member of the Army ROTC program and is the recipient of the Leon Dalmain Simmons ’34 Memorial Emerging Leader Scholarship and the Major John B. Byers Commandants Scholarship. They will travel and lodge with the team, as well as participate in all team meetings and meals.

Whitley and Marrs were nominated by their fellow cadets for this honor based on their outstanding efforts in the Corps of Cadets this semester. 

Future cadets will continue to be selected for this honor based on their performance in the cadet regiment. The program is part of the proud partnership the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets has with the Virginia Tech Athletic Department and the Virginia Tech football team. 

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