Wednesday, 08 August 2012 07:06
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) _ A Piedmont teen has earned the Civil Air Patrol's highest cadet award.
Sixteen-year-old William Small will receive the Spaatz Award on Friday during a ceremony in Rapid City. It's earned by less than one half of one percent of all CAP cadets.
Cadets qualify through an average of five years to progress through sixteen achievements to develop self-discipline, personal responsibility, the ability to lead and persuade.
The final is a rigorous four-part exam that includes a physical fitness test, an essay exam testing moral reasoning and comprehensive written exams on leadership and aerospace education.
Small is the tenth South Dakota cadet to earn the award.
Wing commander Col. John Seten says Small's dedication is a great reflection upon himself, his squadron, the patrol and the nation.