Zac Appointed Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet | King's College Taunton

Zac Appointed Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet

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At the end of last month Sixth Form pupil Zac Stickland was appointed as Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet – continuing a long and largely unbroken line of King’s success in this important post.

Candidates for the position are chosen on their merits within their respective Cadet forces, but also for their dedication and work within the local community. The accolade recognises, and honours, true commitment and dedication to the county’s Reserve and Cadet Force. The Lord-Lieutenant, Anne Maw, presented Zac with his award during a ceremony at The Bishop's Palace, Wells.

An academic and sports scholar, he gained nine A* grades at GCSE and he is now studying maths, further maths, physics and chemistry at A level and following an Oxbridge application, intends to study engineering science at university. Zac is an active sportsman: he is a first team rugby player and has been awarded major colours in hockey for his significant contribution to the sport.

During his time in the CCF, he successfully led and navigated his 35-mile Ten Tors team and two years later accomplished the same with the 45-mile team. In addition, he has attended various RN CCF activities, including the RYA Competent Crew course. He has completed Bronze DoE and is now tackling Gold, having completed the expedition.

As a Section Commander in the CCF, he has developed into a thoroughly competent instructor and mentor to our junior cadets, delivering articulate and detailed lessons on fieldcraft, weapon handling and navigation during our Monday afternoon sessions.

Commenting on Zac’s appointment, King’s College Commanding Officer, Major Steve King said: “Zac has made an outstanding contribution to the CCF at King’s College, Taunton. Following in the footsteps of his two older siblings, he joined the CCF in 2014 and after a year in the junior ‘Chindit’ section, he attended and passed selection for the Royal Marines section.”

He added: “In 2016 he was a member of the winning King’s College team for the Sir Steuart Pringle Trophy annual inter-schools RM competition at the Commando Training Centre, Lympstone. Stepping up as a last-minute replacement and as one of the youngest ever cadets to compete, he helped the team to their most prolific win to date. The following year, he led the team in the competition as the Team Commander.”

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Our Pringle team have returned victorious after competing in the Sir Steuart Pringle Trophy Competition at CTCRM Lympstone. This prestigious military competition is attended by schools from across the country, and challenges leadership, teamwork, decision-making, fitness and specific military knowledge.

Not only did the team win the overall title, they also lifted five individual trophies, making this the best result in the school's history.

More information to follow, plus a gallery of images from the weekend.