Cadets Grace Vogel, Jason Heilman, and Carminie Marro will receive the flags at the Homecoming football game against North Carolina.

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 honor to the flags and carry them off the field. At home games three first-year cadets are selected, and one or two upper-class cadets travel with the team and receive the flags at away games. 

Vogel is a first-year cadet majoring in criminology and sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. She is the recipient of a corps’ Emerging Leader Scholarship and in Naval ROTC. She was chosen for showing unrivaled initiative and followership throughout the semester. She has embodied her battalion’s “No Slack” mentality and consistently operates at a higher standard.

Heilman is a first-year cadet majoring in national security and foreign affairs in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. He is in Naval ROTC on the Marine Corps track. He was chosen for his performance within his unit, where he encourages others and is heavily involved in his training group. 

Marro is a first-year cadet majoring in meteorology in the College of Natural Resources and Environment. He is the recipient of an Emerging Leader Scholarship and in Air Force ROTC. He was chosen for his performance and initiative within his company, where he upholds the standard of professionalism and discipline.  

Written by Lauren Zuchowski, a senior majoring in political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.