Cadet Keira given prestigious award

High Sheriff of Northamptonshire Penelope Escombe presents Petty Officer Cadet Keira Yeoman with the Navy Board award at the Sea Cadet unit, Kettering.
High Sheriff of Northamptonshire Penelope Escombe presents Petty Officer Cadet Keira Yeoman with the Navy Board award at the Sea Cadet unit, Kettering.

A cadet has been chosen above thousands of others to receive a prestigious award.

Keira Yeoman, 16, is a member of Kettering Sea Cadets and has been chosen to be the Eastern Area’s Navy Board Cadet for 2012.

The title is given to one cadet from each of the country’s areas, meaning Keira, is one of just six Navy Board Cadets nationally.

Mark Pether, commanding officer of Kettering Sea Cadets, nominated Keira for the position.

He said: “Keira is an outstanding young person and is head and shoulders above, in comparison with her peers.

“For someone of 16 she is already showing the qualities of a natural born leader.

“She’s very bubbly and enthusiastic and a well-rounded person for someone so young.

“She’s been with us since she was 12 and when she joined she was quite quiet and shy and reserved.

“I think the cadet experience has brought her out of her shell.”

Keira won an award for getting the highest mark in the country in her Leading Cadet board in 2010, attended the first ever sea cadet exchange to Portugal as a senior cadet and went on to pass her Petty Officer Cadet Board at the age of 15 – a year earlier than expected.

And to top off a successful couple of years, Keira has been given a flying scholarship to help realise her dream of being a pilot in the Royal Navy.

She said: “I’m very proud. I had to have a lot of qualifications and the awards I’ve already been given helped contribute.

“I can’t wait to start my scholarship, I’d like to go into aviation.”