Virginia Wing Fetes Winners of Second Annual Character Essay Contest

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Cadet Staff Staff Sgt. Zion Twum of the Fredericksburg Composite Squadron receives an autographed copy of Brig. Gen. Malham Wakin’s book from the wing chaplain, Lt. Col. Tim Miner. (Credit:  Fredericksburg Composite Squadron)

This content on the Cadet Character Essay Contest first appeared on the Virginia Wing’s social media sites

The commander of the Virginia Wing, Colonel Dean Gould, recently announced the winners of the second annual Cadet Character Essay Contest. His announcement to the wing said:
“Virginia Wing Members:
I want to personally thank every cadet in the Virginia Wing who submitted an essay to the second annual Virginia Wing Character Development Essay Contest. The cadets were asked to write about the importance of our core value of respect and their work was then graded in a blind judging by members of the chaplain corps for their content, creativity and writing skills. According to our wing chaplain, the essays were of exceptional quality this year which made selecting the final winners very difficult. Ultimately, our wing was the real winner because so many of our cadets took the time to think about how important it is to respect each other and the citizens of our communities.
Virginia Wing commander, Colonel Dean Gould presents the winning author, Cadet Staff Sgt. Zion Twum with a certificate and prize book at the wing conference on April 7, 2018.

Congratulations to the following winners and honorable mentions in the event:

First place: Cadet Staff Sgt. Zion C. Twum
Fredericksburg Composite Squadron

Second place: Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Priscilla A. Hatfield
Prince William Composite Squadron

Third place: Cadet Staff Sgt. Simon G. Thurston
Coastal Composite Squadron
Honorable Mentions:
Cadet Airman First Class Anna Harrison
Fredericksburg Composite Squadron

Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Carter Harrison
Fredericksburg Composite Squadron

Cadet Colonel Scott W. Ziegler
Coastal Composite Squadron
Brig. Gen. Malham Wakin personally autographed a copy of his book for the three winners in the 2018 Cadet Character Essay Contest held by the Virginia Wing.

Again, congratulations to all the cadets who entered. I look forward to seeing everyone’s work quoted in our media efforts to share with the rest of the Civil

Brig. Gen. Malham Wakin was the first permanent professor of the United State Air Force Academy’s Department of Philosophy.

Air Patrol.”

This year’s winners receive a certificate signed by Gould and a personally-autographed copy of the book, “Integrity First: Reflections of a Military Philosopher.” The book is a collection of essays on character lessons given to the cadets at the US Air Force Academy (Official) by the author, Brig. Gen. Malham M. Wakin, USAF (Retired). Wakin served almost 40 years as an instructor and as the first permanent professor in the academy’s Department of Philosophy. In 1997 he served on the panel for then Secretary of the Air Force, Honorable Sheila Widnall, to create the current version of the USAF’s core values, which are part of the CAP’s list of core values. With his signing, Wakin, now over 80 years old, congratulated the three winners for their honored essays.
The Virginia Wing will share the words from all the cadets essays during future social media posts.

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