A Carrickfergus Grammar School pupil has received a prestigious honour at ceremony which held at Hillsborough Castle.
Sara Patterson was formally appointed to serve in the role of Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for the County of Antrim for the coming year.
The 17-year-old, who is an enthusiastic Cadet Sergeant with Carrickfergus Grammar busy Army Cadet Force Detachment, will become one of Northern Ireland’s nine Lord Lieutenant’s Cadets.
The role is largely ceremonial but Sara can look forward to a busy year ahead as she attends Colonel Joan Christie OBE, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for the County of Antrim, during major civic occasions.
In recognition of the award, Sara will wear a special insignia on her uniform throughout her year in office.
The citation which accompanies the teenager’s award pays tribute to her “impressive instructional and leadership skills and her contribution to the Cadet movement and the wider community”.
She is described as “hard-working and dependable and sets a shining example to her fellow Cadets”.
Sara says that teaching younger colleagues is her favourite aspect of Cadet membership.
She received her award and congratulations from Colonel Joan Christie OBE, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for the County of Antrim.