A 15-year-old Loreto Grammar pupil has been named Trafford and Greater Manchester’s first ever Mayor’s Cadet of the Year.
Madison Grace, a Corporal in the Royal Marine Cadets in Altrincham, was selected for the major honour from a group of cadets across Trafford.
Cpl Grace will now accompany Cllr Dolores O’Sullivan, Trafford Council's Mayor, at Armed Forces-related events across the borough and her first engagement will be at Trafford’s Battle of Britain Service on September 17th at Sale Town Hall.
She was also one of only a handful of cadets chosen to attend the King’s Coronation at Westminster Abbey in London last May.
The teenager was described by her detachment Commander, Sergeant Hurlston, as “extremely hardworking, always incredibly smart and presentable, considerate, honest and empathetic, and a role model for the younger Cadet members".
"She assists with teaching the junior cadets and been instrumental in helping us as a unit, has overcome adversity and been inspirational to myself and other staff.”
Cpl Grace said: “I am so honoured to be given this opportunity as the Mayor’s Cadet of Trafford. I am excited to see what opportunities this will bring me and to represent all Trafford Cadets alongside The Mayor Councillor Dolores O'Sullivan.
"I would like to thank all of the staff from my unit, especially my Detachment Commander, Sgt Stuart Hurlston for supporting me in getting this role.”
The Mayor, who helped select Cpl Grace as her Cadet of the Year, said: “Cpl Grace is a superb candidate and someone who stands out from the crowd.
"She is a hardworking, dedicated young woman and nothing seems to stop here achieving her goals. Cpl Grace has a very distinguished record, one which her family must be so proud, and being selected to attend the Coronation must be one of her greatest accolades. I will be very proud to have her by my side.”