Cadet wins top award

PUBLISHED: 15:04 05 March 2009 | UPDATED: 21:43 31 May 2010

Michael Debnam receives his trophy from company Sergeant Major Alan Sharpe  Picture: SUBMITTED

Michael Debnam receives his trophy from company Sergeant Major Alan Sharpe Picture: SUBMITTED

A SAFFRON Walden teenager has won a top award for showing great commitment as an army Cadet. Cadet of the Year Michael Debnam assisted with local community events such as the Charity Dog Show in Thaxted, Saffron Striders 10km run and the Poppy Appeal in

A SAFFRON Walden teenager has won a top award for showing great commitment as an army Cadet.

Cadet of the Year Michael Debnam assisted with local community events such as the Charity Dog Show in Thaxted, Saffron Striders' 10km run and the Poppy Appeal in the town.

He also joined 31 other cadets to do conservation work in the Peak District in his school holidays.

Michael was selected to represent his company of over 200 cadets for the shooting and drill teams last year, as well as being nominated for Best Cadet out of 400 cadets at a two-week annual camp at Salisbury Plain army training areas.

He also found time to complete his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Despite all this hard work, amazingly the modest 14-year-old said that he was "surprised to be selected".

The trophy was awarded by company Sergeant Major Alan Sharpe.

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