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Alistair McInulty from Mount St Mary’s College in Spinkhill has been awarded the Geoffrey de Havilland Flying Foundation Medal for Combined Cadet Force Achievement having been judged one of the top six cadets nationwide.

Alistair – who is Senior Cadet and Deputy Head Boy at Mount St Mary’s – narrowly missed out on winning the Sir John Thomson Memorial Sword which is awarded to the top cadet in the UK.

During his time as a cadet Alistair has been involved in all aspects of the thriving Combined Cadet Force section at Mount St Mary’s. He has also attended numerous camps at RAF stations in the UK, as well as in Cyprus and Germany, taking part in a wide range of activities including flying, gliding and shooting. As a result of this Alistair took up flying and successfully achieved his Private Pilot’s Licence, as well as obtaining his gliding wings after undertaking a gliding scholarship with the RAF.

This led him to join 644 Volunteer Gliding Squadron at RAF Syerston where he has helped to run weekend activities and obtained training and instruction qualifications.

However, the pinnacle of Alistair’s time as a cadet was undoubtedly when he was a banner bearer representing the Combined Cadet Force at the Royal British Legion’s annual Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in November, 2013.

Mount St Mary cadet sMount St Mary’s Headmaster, Dr Nicholas Cuddihy, said, “This is a well-deserved award which recognises Alistair’s boundless enthusiasm for everything to do with the RAF, and his exemplary standards of dress and deportment. He has also been an excellent role model for all the younger cadets in the Combined Cadet Force section here at the school. He should be very proud of his achievements. He is a credit to his family, the Combined Cadet Force, Mount St Mary’s and the RAF,” added Dr Cuddihy.

Alistair McInulty is pictured with his parents at Mount St Mary’s College after being presented with the RAF award and several other school achievement prizes.