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Reserve Forces & Cadets Association
Northern Ireland


26 July 2021

A teenage student of Larne High School has been appointed to serve as Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for the County of Antrim.

Emma Ellison who is an enthusiastic and highly capable Cadet Sergeant Major with her school’s Combined Cadet Corps Contingent takes on a largely ceremonial year-long role during which she will attend Mr David McCorkell, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for the County of Antrim, on major civic occasions.  In recognition of the award Emma will wear a special insignia on her uniform throughout her year in office.

In the Citation which accompanies the honour, Emma is praised as a highly popular senior cadet whose ‘people skills’ reflect a maturity well beyond her years. Always prepared to take responsibility for cadets in her command, she routinely uses her own knowledge and skills to teach and mentor the junior cadets, to whom she is an outstanding role model.

Described as a ‘sound-all-rounder’, Emma has also developed a particular interest and earned admirable skills in First Aid, becoming a vital part of her company First Aid Team, recently competing in the 38 (Irish) Brigade Cadet First Aid Competition.

She is an active and valuable member of her local community, regularly involved in raising funds for charities.
Emma is pictured with her proud mum, Sarah and Mr David McCorkell, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for the County of Antrim.  While the ceremony to mark the conferral of her prestigious award was socially-distanced, Emma is already looking forward to a busy year ahead as restrictions lift.