Andrew Ellis earns DAR outstanding cadet award

Published 2:09 pm Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Andrew B. Ellis received the outstanding cadet medal on Oct. 3 from the N.C. State Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NCSDAR) Battle of Shallow Ford Chapter

He is a cadet first lieutenant with the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Sugar Valley Composite Squadron. Chapters present the medal to recognize an outstanding student cadet who distinguished through leadership, honor, service, courage, and patriotism.

The National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) has three medal categories: Gold for ROTC Cadet Units at the College/University Level, Bronze for JROTC Cadet Units at the High School Level, and Silver for non-ROTC military-affiliated Cadet Programs, including Civil Air Patrol, Young Marines, and Naval Sea Cadet Units.

The DAR Medals program began in 1967 with the first presentations to ROTC Cadet Units. Then Bronze Medals to JROTC Units were authorized, and the Silver Medals are the newest category. The NCSDAR has had a DAR sponsor assigned to every ROTC, JROTC, and CAP/Young Marines/Naval Sea Cadets Unit since 2017.

Ellis has been a member of the Sugar Valley Composite Squadron in Mocksville for over a year.

He has distinguished himself in search and rescue techniques in emergency services training, and is a CAP Ground Team Level 1 member and Ranger First Class, training other members with these skills.

A high school senior at the N.C. Leadership Academy in Kernersville, Ellis accepted admission to the University of North Georgia Corps of Cadets with intent to commission as a second lieutenant in the US Army. He is a member of the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and he serves on the media team at his church.

His parents are Timothy and Jennifer Ellis.

The Sugar Valley Composite Squadron provides leadership training, aerospace education, character development instruction, and physical fitness development for youth between the ages of 12 – 18 and is honored that Cadet Ellis was selected to receive this medal.

Founded in 1941 and established as the official civilian auxiliary of the US Air Force, CAP is chartered by Congress as a nonprofit for youth development, aerospace education, and to promote aviation. CAP operates the world’s largest fleet of single-engine aircraft for search and rescue, disaster relief, training, and education. CAP is dedicated to serving American’s communities, saving lives, and shaping futures.