Hawaii Wing Cadets selected for Civil Air Patrol’s National Civic Leadership Academy
HONOLULU – Cadet Captain Peter Herrington of Civil Air Patrol’s West Oahu Composite Squadron and Cadet Captain Gabriel Ballesteros of Kauai Composite Squadron have been selected for two of 24 primary slots to the 2020 Civic Leadership Academy (CLA) which will be held in Washington, D.C. from February 22 to February 29. The academy is the premier educational experience for Civil Air Patrol (CAP) cadets, who face intense competition for selection.
Cadet Captain Gabriel Ballesteros of Kauai has been selected to attend Civil Air Patrol’s Civic Leadership Academy in Washington, D.C. Ballesteros is the Deputy Cadet Commander for Hawaii Wing Civil Air Patrol’s Kauai Composite Squadron. Photo courtesy Hawaii Wing Civil Air Patrol.
Recognized by the National Association of Secondary School Principals for its outstanding educational value, CLA provides cadets with an academically intensive exploration of government leadership, public service, and the principles of American citizenship. An interactive blend of lectures, seminars, and assigned readings, combined with behind-the-scenes tours, briefings, and visits to relevant sites such as the U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court, Pentagon, White House, Federal Aviation Administration, and the Central Intelligence Agency, are preceded by six weeks of homework assignments to prepare for the rigorous course. The week in D.C. will end with the cadets’ participation in CAP’s annual Legislative Day, where they will meet with their elected leaders on Capitol Hill.
Cadet Captain Peter Herrington of ‘Ewa Beach has been selected to attend Civil Air Patrol’s Civic Leadership Academy in Washington, D.C. Herrington is the Cadet Commander for Hawaii Wing Civil Air Patrol’s West Oahu Composite Squadron. Photo courtesy Hawaii Wing Civil Air Patrol.
Selectees are chosen based on the merits of their CAP, school, and community service, along with a letter of recommendation and an essay addressing a notable Supreme Court case.
Herrington is a homeschooled junior and the cadet commander of West Oahu Composite Squadron. Ballesteros is also a homeschooled junior and serves as the cadet deputy commander of Kauai Composite Squadron. The Hawaii Wing cadets were among a pool of applicants from 28 different wings and all 8 regions of CAP. According to Lt. Col. Brenda Reed, the 2020 CLA Director, “The competition was intense and some cadets made the cut by a fraction of a percentage.”
In addition to the two cadets, Lt. Col. Beverly Scoggins, who serves Hawaii Wing as an assistant cadet activities officer from the Big Island, will be attending CLA as the Finance/Logistics Officer. Scoggins has been involved with CLA since its inception as a CAP National Cadet Special Activity (NCSA) and received particular recognition from Reed: “This NCSA would not be successful without her hard work!”
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