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Cadet Honour for Leonor

Awarded an RAF Scholarship, at the beginning of the year, 17 year old Leonor Nunes is now ending the year with an honour, having learned that she has been selected as one of His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets.

Leonor, a Sergeant in the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) at Gordon’s, will support Surrey’s Lord-Lieutenant Michael More-Molyneux on official engagements. She is one of three Cadets to have been appointed, due to her outstanding service to the school’s CCF.

The Sixth Form student, who is also captain of the school’s shooting team and plays the pipes in the Pipes and Drums Band, was presented with a certificate and Lord-Lieutenant’s Badge by Lord-Lieutenant More-Molyneux at His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey Awards 2022 in Guildford Cathedral.

In the citation for the appointment, Leonor was described as demonstrating a determination to succeed and help others. As well as being awarded the ACPS (Air Cadets Pilot Scholarship), she has completed the Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, is working towards her Gold, and has finished the RAFAC instructor course.

She enrolled in the RAF section of the school’s tri-service CCF (Combined Cadet Force) two years ago as a compulsory co-curricular activity in Year 10 and continued on through to Sixth Form. This year, she was also awarded the Sword of Honour and Gardiner Memorial Award by Gordon’s as the best senior cadet in the CCF.

“I was very surprised to have been selected”, said Leonor, who is delighted at her selection and very much looking forward to beginning her year as one of the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets. She revealed: “My duties will be to help the Lord-Lieutenant at events, along with other cadets; see if everything is OK, start conversations with people and make the Lord-Lieutenant’s job as easy as possible”.

Major John Balmer, Contingent Commander of CCF at Gordon’s said of her, “Whether carrying out her normal CCF duties, piping with the Music sections or Captaining the shooting team she has displayed impeccable standards with a willingness to help and mentor others. Leonor is a shining example to all members of the CCF.”

Picture courtesy of Stewart Turkington Photography